In today’s fast-paced and digital-first world, businesses need innovative solutions to optimize their productivity while ensuring seamless accessibility and security. VMware Horizon, a powerful virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution, has emerged as a game-changer in the realm of IT management.
With its suite of versatile components, VMware Horizon empowers enterprises to transform their traditional desktop setups into agile, cloud-based workspaces. This blog explores the remarkable benefits of VMware Horizon and its various components that have revolutionized the way we work.
VMware Horizon’s robust solution has numerous advantages, reshaping the way businesses operate and employees engage with their work. Let’s delve deeper into the key benefits.
Horizon enables organizations to centrally manage and deliver virtual desktops to users. This is beneficial for industries with a large number of desktop users, such as call centers, healthcare, education, and finance. The key benefits include:
Horizon enables organizations to deliver virtualized applications to end users, providing a seamless and consistent user experience across different devices. This use case is beneficial in scenarios such as:
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Horizon facilitates remote work and supports a mobile workforce, allowing users to access their virtual desktops and applications from anywhere, using various devices. The benefits include:
Horizon provides organizations with a robust infrastructure for disaster recovery and business continuity planning. The benefits include:
These use cases and benefits demonstrate how VMware Horizon can empower organizations to efficiently manage desktops and applications, enhance security, enable remote work, and ensure business continuity. However, it’s important to consider the specific needs and objectives of your organization when evaluating the suitability of Horizon or any other VDI solution.
At the heart of VMware Horizon’s VDI solution are its carefully crafted components, each playing a crucial role in delivering a seamless and secure user experience.
In this section, we will take a closer look at the key components that constitute VMware Horizon and understand how they work in harmony to redefine the way we interact with our virtual desktops and applications.
The Horizon Connection Server is a core component that acts as the broker between end users and virtual desktops or applications. It authenticates users, manages entitlements, and establishes connections between clients and the appropriate virtual resources. It also provides the web-based Horizon Administrator console for administration and configuration.
The Horizon Agent is installed on the virtual desktop or remote desktop session host (RDSH) servers. It enables communication and integration between the Horizon environment and the virtual desktops or applications. The agent handles tasks such as session management, user authentication, virtual printing, USB device redirection, and more.
Horizon Client is the software installed on end-user devices, allowing them to connect to and access virtual desktops and applications. The client is available for various operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. It provides a user-friendly interface and supports features like session management, multi-monitor display, file transfer, and printing.
Note: users also have the option of using the web https client for connections to VDI machines if they prefer not to install the Horizon client software on their devices.
The Unified Access Gateway (UAG) is a component that provides secure remote access to Horizon virtual desktops and applications. It acts as a gateway between external clients and the Horizon environment, allowing for secure connectivity and authentication. UAG supports protocols like VMware Blast Extreme and PCoIP, HTTPs and it can provide additional security features such as two-factor authentication and integration with identity providers.
App Volumes is an optional component that provides application lifecycle management for virtual desktops. It allows for the delivery of applications to desktops dynamically, reducing the need for application installation on individual virtual machines. App Volumes supports application layering, where applications are separated from the base image, making updates and patches easier to manage.
Instant Clones is a technology that allows for rapid provisioning and deployment of virtual desktops. It creates cloned virtual machines from a master image in a matter of seconds, significantly reducing the time and storage required for provisioning desktops. Instant Clones leverage VMware vSphere’s VMFork technology to achieve this quick provisioning.
The JMP is a suite of technologies and capabilities that enhance the management and delivery of virtual desktops and applications. It includes components like App Volumes, User Environment Manager (UEM), and Instant Clones. JMP provides features such as dynamic user profile management, personalized desktop and application delivery, and simplified desktop and application management.
These components work together to create a robust and flexible VDI environment with features like centralized management, secure access, rapid provisioning, application delivery, and user profile management. VMware Horizon’s modular architecture allows organizations to tailor their deployment based on their specific requirements and scale as needed.
With the understanding of these compelling benefits and features, it becomes evident that VMware Horizon is not just a VDI solution but a transformative tool that equips businesses with the agility, security, and efficiency required to thrive in today’s competitive landscape.
While Horizon stands out as a leading VDI solution, there are alternative options available in the market. When deciding on the right solution for your business, it is essential to consider factors such as the organization’s size, existing IT infrastructure, budget constraints, security needs, and user experience requirements.
Helixstorm’s managed IT services can help you navigate your options. Connect with us today to learn how we can help you assess your business needs and implement a viable solution that aligns with your long-term IT strategy.