VMware Horizon Cloud: Executing on VMware’s Cross Cloud Strategy

By Dave Grant, Vice President of Product Marketing, End-User Computing

If you haven’t already noticed, there’s been a lot of activity coming from the VMware End-User Computing team with product updates, innovations and expanded partnerships – and we’re not even half-way through the year.

Last year, VMware announced its cross-cloud strategy at VMworld 2016 U.S. with the idea that businesses should be able to run, manage, connect and secure applications across clouds and devices in a common operating environment. Whether it’s a public, private or hybrid cloud – the end user experience and management should the same and more importantly, unified.

That’s why I’m excited about today’s announcement about VMware Horizon integrating with Microsoft Azure.

This announcement strengthens VMware’s position as the industry leader in desktop and application virtualization and solidifies our vision of providing a cross-cloud architecture for our customers. Horizon Cloud is unique in its ability to use a single cloud control plane to give customers the flexibility to choose their preferred infrastructure (private, public or hybrid) for delivering and managing virtual desktops and applications. Leveraging VMware’s cross cloud strategy, customers can choose from several deployment options and can dynamically switch options if use cases change, employees move or economics shift.

Starting in the 2H of 2017, customers will be able to connect their own instance of Azure to the Horizon Cloud control plane, creating a secure, comprehensive cloud-hosted solution for delivering virtualized Windows desktops and applications. The addition of Microsoft Azure support to our existing Horizon Cloud service provides myriad benefits to Horizon Cloud customers:

  • True multi-cloud deployments – Choose between cloud-hosted capacity managed by VMware, on-premises hyper-converged infrastructure, or bring your own public cloud infrastructure with Azure.
  • Expanded geographic reach – Take advantage of Microsoft’s 38 Azure data center regions.
  • Hourly billing for Azure capacity – Enjoy true consumption-based pricing on infrastructure, down to the minute with no upfront costs or termination fees.
  • Apps and IaaS from a single provider – Existing Azure customers will be able to easily manage and deliver virtual desktops and apps from the cloud without adding more cloud infrastructure providers into the mix.

Our customers have their preference of public cloud offerings and should be able to chose the industry leader in desktop and app virtualization regardless of that cloud preference. VMware is committed to offering a platform that works across providers to make consumption and management of services easier. With this announcement, we will be rolling up our sleeves to deliver a top-quality product to the industry later this year so stay tune for more.