What is VMware Horizon?

VMware Horizon® 7 is a solution that simplifies the management and delivery of virtual desktops and apps on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid or multi-cloud configuration through a single platform to end-users. By leveraging complete workspace environment management and optimized for the software-defined data center, Horizon 7 helps IT control, manage, and protect all of the Windows resources end users want, at the speed they expect, with the efficiency business demands.

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Introducing the Horizon Universal License

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What's New in Horizon 7

Discover the newest capabilities in Horizon, including JMP, Session Collaboration and a better user experience for Skype for Business.

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What VMware Horizon Does

Delivers Desktops and Applications through a Single Platform

Transform static desktops into secure, digital workspaces that can be delivered on demand. Provision virtual or remote desktops and applications through a single VDI and app virtualization platform to streamline management and easily entitle end users.

Dramatically Improves ROI

Dynamically allocate resources with virtual storage, virtual compute and virtual networking to simplify management and drive down costs. Reduce day-to-day operations costs with a single platform that allows you to extend virtualization from the data center to your devices.

Secures Data and Simplifies Compliance

Consolidate control, delivery and protection of end user compute resources with policies that dynamically adapt to the end user’s computing environment. Leverage virtual networking to simply and dynamically protect data center infrastructure and workloads.

Simplifies Management across On-premises and the Cloud

Take advantage of a modern desktop and application delivery architecture that delivers desktops in seconds, reduces storage and operational costs with truly stateless desktops and ensure painless application packaging and installation.

Supports a Rich, Adaptive User Experience

Provide a consistently great end user experience for knowledge workers, mobile workers and even 3D developers across devices, locations, media and connections.


Horizon 7 provides a streamlined approach to delivering, protecting and managing virtual desktops (VDI) and apps while containing costs and ensuring that end users can work anytime, anywhere, across any device.

Horizon 7 Overview - What’s New

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Horizon 7 Overview - What’s New

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VDI Made Easy - Finally

Everything you need to get started with desktop and application virtualization from a single vendor, for as little as $10 per user per month.

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JMP: The Next-Generation Desktop and App Delivery Platform

Make the move to user-centric management with just-in time delivery with JMP and Horizon 7.

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Scale and Secure Your Horizon Deployment

VMware Cloud Foundation with Horizon delivers an enterprise cloud platform with integrated virtual desktop and application services for push-button simple management and faster time to value.

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Horizon 7 Evaluation

Download and install Horizon 7 in the Evaluation Center.

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Advanced Load Balancing for Horizon 7 and Horizon Cloud

VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer (by Avi Networks) enables great end-user experience for Horizon in any data center or cloud.

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Built for the Software-Defined Data Center

Horizon 7 is tightly integrated with VMware's Software-Defined Data Center, which includes vSphere, vSAN and NSX. This integration provides a seamless turnkey solution on-premise and in the public cloud, eliminating the need to build, test and support disparate storage, virtualization and networking products.

vSAN for Horizon

With VMware vSAN, customers can drive down the cost of getting started and take advantage of a number of pre-configured appliances optimized for Horizon including vSAN-ready node appliances, EVO SDDC infrastructure.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Horizon

Get up and running quickly with our hyperconverged infrastructure solution - a tightly integrated software stack ideal for Horizon desktop and application virtualization.

vSphere for Desktop

vSphere Desktop is a new edition of vSphere for deploying desktop virtualization. It provides the full range of features and functionalities of the vSphere Enterprise Plus edition allowing you to achieve scalability, high availability and optimal performance for all of your desktop workloads.

vRealize Operations for Horizon

VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon is a monitoring and reporting tool to manage your Horizon and XenDesktop/XenApp environments.

NSX for Horizon

VMware NSX for Horizon brings speed and simplicity to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) networking, with policies that dynamically follow virtual desktops.

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VMware Cloud Foundation for Horizon

Scale and secure your Horizon deployment with push-button simplicity and realize value faster. VMware Cloud Foundation for Horizon delivers an enterprise cloud platform with integrated virtual desktop and application services.

Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS delivers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud for virtual desktops and applications.

Windows and Linux

Quickly deliver Windows and Linux resources at scale across multiple data centers. Learn about Horizon for Windows and Horizon for Linux.

Smart Policies with Streamlined Access

Simplify authentication across all desktop and app services with True SSO and contextual, granular, role-based policies that connect user, device and location information. Deliver multilayered protection of virtual infrastructure with simplified networking, automated intelligence and threat protection that goes from data center to device.

A Single Digital Workspace

Provide end users with easy access to virtual desktops and published applications—including RDS hosted applications and Citrix XenApp—through a single digital workspace.


Simplify OS migrations and effectively isolate apps to prevent compatibility issues across Windows platforms with ThinApp.

Blast Extreme Performance

Deliver an immersive, feature-rich user experience for end users, across devices, locations, media and network connections with Blast Performance. Bring secure, workstation-class performance and rich 2D and 3D graphics from the cloud to remote and mobile workers with Horizon with Blast 3D.

Just-in-Time Delivery

Rapidly deploy full-featured, personalized digital workspaces leveraging JMP technologies, which include Instant Clones, App Volumes and User Environment Management. Easily monitor performance, set up alerts and remediate issues to improve the user experience.

App Volumes

VMware App Volumes provides radically faster application delivery with unified application and user management while reducing IT costs by up to 70%.

User Environment Manager

User Environment Manager simplifies end-user profile management by providing organizations with a single, lightweight and scalable solution that leverages existing infrastructure.

Turnkey Load Balancer for Horizon

Enterprises modernizing their data centers or migrating to clouds are making the shift to VMware's dynamic, multi-cloud load balancing for VDI environments.

A Better Experience for Skype for Business


Enable optimized audio and video calls within Horizon 7 desktops without negatively impacting your data center infrastructure. The Horizon Virtualization Pack for Microsoft Skype for Business delivers an even better user experience, improved productivity and lower costs.


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Customer Case Study: LCMC Health

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Customer Case Study: LCMC Health

''With VMware Horizon, LCMC Health created a leading-edge digital workspace that supports the highest level of care, while managing costs and providing a scalable path to the future.''


Start your desktop (VDI) and application virtualization deployment with VMware Horizon 7. Already running Citrix? We can help you migrate to Horizon so you can standardize on a single platform and streamline the management of your desktops and applications.  

New to Desktop and Application Virtualization?

Learn how desktop and application virtualization can deliver a consistent user experience across devices and locations while keeping corporate data secure and compliant. Whether you’re already running vSphere or you’re brand new to virtualization, here are the steps to get started.

VMware Education

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Already Running Citrix?

Reliably deliver applications in real time to Citrix XenApp and
XenDesktop environments while reducing your costs by up to 55% with VMware App Volumes.


Compare VMware and Citrix VDI Solutions

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The Business Case for Horizon 7

Why Choose Horizon 7 over Citrix XenApp? This paper outlines the technical and business benefits.

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Decide Whether to Deploy On Premises or In the Cloud

You can run our virtual desktop infrastructure on premises or as a cloud-hosted desktop service. If you choose to deploy Horizon on premises, use our selector tool to see which edition is right for you.

Horizon 7 Edition Selector

Find out which edition of Horizon 7 is best for you with the Selector Tool.

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Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS

Rapidly scale Horizon 7 desktops and apps with VMware’s on-demand infrastructure service.

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Desktops as a Service with Horizon Cloud

Deploy virtual desktops and apps on the infrastructure of your choice and manage everything from a single cloud control plane.

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Manage Your Horizon Environments

Once you’ve deployed, you can optimize performance and improve resource utilization with vRealize Operations for Horizon.


Horizon is available in the following editions that deliver simple, cost effective desktop and application virtualization solutions for every need.


  • Horizon 7 Standard: Simple, powerful VDI with great user experience.
  • Horizon 7 Advanced: Cost-effective delivery of desktops and applications through a unified workspace.
  • Horizon 7 Enterprise: Desktop and application delivery with closed-loop management and automation.
  • Horizon Apps Standard: Simple, powerful app virtualization with a great user experience.
  • Horizon Apps Advanced: Powerful app virtualization with just-in-time management.

Looking for a cloud-hosted VDI solution? Check out Horizon Cloud.

Reasons to Choose VMware

Why Choose VMware?

Only VMware Workspace ONE, powered by Horizon and AirWatch, provides a unified platform to help you transform IT and reduce costs. Compare us to some of our competitors and see for yourself why VMware is simply better.

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Choose Your License Model

Horizon 7 is available in two license models:

  • Per Named User: For virtual environments with staff that need dedicated access to a virtual machine throughout the day.
  • Per Concurrent Connection: For virtual environments with a high number of shift workers where machines are shared between workers throughout the day (e.g. students, shift workers).

Choose Your Payment Plan
Horizon Desktop and Apps are available on a perpetual and subscription basis. Customers wishing to take advantage of subscription licensing can leverage our Horizon Air solutions and services.


Choose Your Edition
Horizon is available in three editions that deliver simple, cost effective desktop and application virtualization solutions that are fully optimized for VMware’s management and Software-Defined Data Center. These editions include: VMware Horizon Standard Edition, VMware Horizon Advanced Edition and VMware Horizon Enterprise Edition.


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