Deliver Secure Desktops and Apps to Any Device, Anywhere

Desktop and app virtualization is a software technology that publishes end user desktops and applications in a datacenter that is on-premises or in the cloud and renders it on endpoint devices. Enable end users to securely access corporate resources and work anytime, anywhere, on any device. A streamlined, modern approach to desktop virtualization allows your organization to deliver, protect and manage desktops and apps while containing costs.

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Why Virtualize Desktops and Applications?


Improve Security

Data and apps never leave the datacenter, eliminating leakage at the endpoint.


Ensure Compliance

Granular controls help enforce compliance in regulated industries.


Simplify Management

Centralize, simplify, and speed management and delivery with a modern approach, avoiding traditional PC management tools.


Increase Productivity

Deliver Windows, legacy and business critical apps to any device, with any operating system, to any location.


Boost the Bottom Line

Save on costs by leveraging low-cost endpoints and pooling compute, graphics and storage resources in the data center to increase utilization.

Understanding the Benefits of Desktop and App Virtualization 

Desktop and Application Virtualization Enables a Future-Ready Workforce

Learn about the benefits and cost savings you can achieve with desktop and application virtualization.


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Empower Your Organization with Desktop and App Virtualization


Secure Access

Secure delivery of virtual desktops and apps with a modern platform that supports any cloud for today’s future ready workforce.


Simplify Delivery

Deliver virtual desktops and applications from the cloud, to any device, in any location, all from a single cloud-based control plane.


Publish Apps

Enable application virtualization across data centers and clouds and provide end users quick and easy access to all of their published, SaaS and mobile apps through a single, secure unified workspace.

Market Leaders Choose VMware 



“Wherever they go in the hospital, whichever client they’re using, the desktop is available. They can sit down at a hospital computer, then pick up the work on their personal device. This gives them faster access to medical information, which makes for more responsive care.”
– Christopher Frenz, Assistant Vice President of Information Security and Infrastructure, Interfaith Medical Center

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University of Technology, Sydney

University of Technology, Sydney

“VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure is far more stable and consistent than anything we could have deployed on premises. Moving applications and desktop infrastructure to the cloud has resulted in reductions to operational costs by 40 percent—freeing up not only IT’s budget, but also the space once used to house server infrastructure.”
– Peter Gale, deputy CIO, UTS

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VMware Supporting Technology

Advanced Load Balancer by Avi Networks

Avi Networks is VMware’s preferred multi-cloud load balancer. Built on a software-defined architecture, it delivers the flexibility and operational simplicity expected by IT and lines of business.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure with vSAN

vSAN seamlessly evolves Horizon virtual desktops and applications to a modern hyperconverged infrastructure, delivering all-flash performance, rapid scaling and provisioning, and enterprise-grade data services—all while reducing total cost of ownership.

VMware SD-WAN Optimization

VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud provides performance and reliability for virtualized applications and desktops by overcoming network impediments that impact the performance of these applications across the WAN.


What is desktop virtualization?

Desktop virtualization is a software technology that allows you to run end user desktops inside a data center - yours or a public cloud provider's - and view those desktops and/or applications on remote endpoint devices.

How does Desktop Virtualization work?

Virtualization platforms like VMware Horizon leverage an underlying server and hypervisor build and manage many desktop virtual machines (VMs) .

These platforms also provide additional desktop tools and infrastructure that allows admins to configure these VMs into pools while managing the  apps, personalization, policies and other content that makes up the desktop experience.

End-users launch a VDI client app or a web page to securely connect and log-in to these virtual desktop machines.  A set of secure gateways and a brokering and entitlement system grant users access to the right resources.

What are the benefits of Desktop Virtualization?

The primary benefits of Desktop Virtualization are the following:

-        Improved security – apps and data stay safe and secure in the datacenter and off of endpoints

-        Simplified Management – delivers a centralized, modern approach to desktop management with one-to-many provisioning and zero downtime updates

-        Increase Productivity – provides secure access to corporate resources from any device and location

-        Saves cost – distribute pooled resources across multiple users and access with low cost endpoints

What is the difference between App Virtualization and Desktop Virtualization?

App Virtualization leverages Remote Desktop Services (RDS) technology to publish and run applications in the data center, sharing those apps to multiple users who view the application remotely on their endpoint device. App virtualization focuses on delivering just an individual application or set of apps, while virtual desktops provide the complete desktop experience for launching and working with multiple applications simultaneously in the same workspace.

Desktop Virtualization vs. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Desktop Virtualization is when a desktop is virtualized in a datacenter and rendered on a client device. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is the software and hardware required to do that.