VMware Horizon 7 - Explained

VMware Horizon 7 enables IT departments to run virtual machine (VM) desktops and applications in the data center and remotely deliver these desktops and applications to employees as a managed service.

This computer-within-a-computer strategy enables multiple VMs to be run per physical server core.

For administrators, this means desktop and application management can be simplified and automated. Admins can quickly create virtual desktops on demand, based on location and profile, and securely deliver desktops as a service from a central location.

End users can access their personalized virtual desktops or remote applications from company laptops, their home PCs, thin client devices, Macs, tablets, or smartphones.

Horizon 7 is the leading platform for Windows desktop and application virtualization, providing a consistent user experience across devices and locations while keeping corporate data compliant and securely stored in the data center.

When VDI solutions first started appearing, about a decade ago, the strategy was to take a Windows desktop system, virtualize it, and place it in the data center.

Unlike this traditional VDI, Horizon 7 is built on technologies that allow components of a desktop or application to be decoupled and managed independently in a centralized manner, yet reconstituted on demand to deliver a personalized user workspace. For example, when the user logs in, a virtual desktop can assemble itself on the fly by combining an instant clone of a master image (VM) with a user environment profile and one or more containerized applications that attach themselves to (but are not installed in) the VM.

In addition, Horizon 7 integrates with VMware Workspace™ ONE™ on a common identity framework to provide a single catalogue for accessing Windows applications and desktops, as well as software-as-a-service (SaaS), web, cloud, and native mobile applications.

Want more detail? Download our Horizon 7 Guide which provides a detailed explanation into how it works and why it benefits so many organisations.