Benefits of VMware Horizon

Horizon helps IT efficiently deploy and scale virtual desktops and apps from a single control plane with rapid provisioning, automation and simplified management.
Leveraging best-in-class management capabilities and deep integrations with the VMware technology ecosystem, the Horizon platform delivers a modern approach for desktop and app management that extends from on-premises to the hybrid and multi-cloud. The result is fast and simple virtual desktop and application delivery that extends an optimal experience to all applications.

Get Simple Hybrid-Cloud Management

Hybrid and multi-cloud deployments deliver scale and flexibility with a global entitlement layer and management services through a single, always-up-to-date cloud console, using your deployment of choice.


Modernize Operations

Transform legacy infrastructure and securely support your anywhere workforce with a platform that provides rapid desktop and app provisioning and complete API extensibility.

Secure Data and Achieve Compliance

Ensure secure remote access to corporate resources from any device with intrinsic security in VMware infrastructure. Integration with Carbon Black further improves security using a zero-trust model.

Improve ROI

Enable cost savings and business benefits with hybrid and multi-cloud deployment and modernized operations that simplify Day 2 management.

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VMware Horizon Features

Uniquely Integrated with VMware Technology

Integration with VMware Cloud Foundation delivers rapid provisioning and hyperconverged infrastructure ideal for on-premises or cloud deployment.

Flexible Cloud Deployment Options

Deploy and manage desktops and apps on-premises or in the public cloud, and deliver up-to-date infrastructure with the Horizon Control Plane.

Smart Policies with Streamlined Access

Simplify authentication across desktop and app services with True SSO and contextual, granular, role-based policies that connect user, device and location information.

Blast Extreme Performance

Deliver secure, workstation-class performance, rich 2D and 3D graphics, and an immersive end-user experience with Blast Performance and Blast 3D.

Related Resources

VMware Horizon Datasheet

Learn how Horizon enables streamlined management for an agile, lightweight, modern approach that speeds, simplifies and reduces costs in the digital workspace.

The Business Case for Horizon

Why choose Horizon over Citrix XenApp? This paper outlines the technical and business benefits.

Cost Savings and Business Benefits of Horizon

Access Forrester’s Total Economic Impact study to evaluate the potential financial impact of Horizon on your organization.

Frequently Asked Questions

VMware Horizon is a modern platform for running and delivering virtual desktops and apps across the hybrid cloud. For administrators, this means desktop and app management can be simplified, automated and made more secure. For users, it provides a consistent experience across devices and locations.

VMware Horizon Client is software that allows you to connect your VMware Horizon virtual desktop to a device of choice, giving you on-the-go access from any location. Clients are available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Chrome and Android and may be downloaded from

VMware Horizon allows you to set up and manage a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This is achieved by creating and provisioning desktop pools for centralized management. For more information on setting up VDI using Horizon, see the Horizon Documentation Center.

VMware Horizon runs remote desktops and applications in the data center or the cloud and delivers them to employees as a managed service. Deployment options include on-premises, VMware Cloud on AWS, and many other partner clouds. Read the Tech Zone article for more information.

VMware Horizon is not a virtual private network (VPN). It uses a unified access gateway (UAG) to allow secure remote access to Horizon. It does support remote access to desktops and apps via a  VPN, but it's generally not necessary to use a VPN with a UAG. For more information, read the blog post.

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