VMware, Inc. launched VMware Horizon DaaS, a new cloud-based desktop service that delivers cost-effective enterprise-class virtual desktops running on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.
The service offers the industry’s first hybrid desktop as a service (DaaS) solution that gives customers the ability to blend public cloud desktops and on-premise VMware Horizon View private cloud desktops for a seamless end-user experience. Following a few simple steps, IT can provision, deploy and manage high quality, full Windows desktops to end-users that can be accessed from laptops, desktops, zero/thin clients, Chromebooks, tablets (Apple iOS, Google Android) and mobile devices.
“Having pioneered the market for DaaS back in 2007, VMware continues to lead by introducing industry-first capabilities and technology innovations to deliver a best-in-class service and solution to our customers,” said Sumit Dhawan, vice president and general manager, desktop products, End-User Computing, VMware. “Our experience working with customers deploying DaaS the last several years have shown that the majority prefers a blended environment with both on-premise and cloud desktops. However, very few solutions in the market can deliver a seamless end-user experience across multiple clouds like VMware Horizon DaaS.”
Unlike other DaaS offerings that only offer Windows server or Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments, VMware Horizon DaaS supports both types of desktops in addition to full Windows Client Desktops — all at an affordable price point. The service provides an adaptive user experience across devices, locations, and media for consistent quality and exceptional user experience.
It simplifies the delivery of high quality desktops and applications as a cloud service so customers can quickly bring up desktops from the cloud for any number of end-users in just a few clicks. VMware Horizon DaaS supports enterprise mobility by enabling end-user access to full Windows desktops and applications through the cloud — from anywhere, at any time — using desktops or laptops (PC or Mac), zero/thin clients, Chromebooks or mobile devices (Android or iOS). As a result, the total cost of ownership is significantly reduced by offloading operational overhead and eliminating upfront capital costs. With monthly subscription fees that are predictable and flexible, customers can increase the speed of deployment with an architecture built for the right blend of on-premise and off-premise/cloud virtual desktops.
VMware Horizon DaaS is built on the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, a platform that enables customers to extend the same applications, networking, management, operations and tools across both on-premise and off-premise environments. By leveraging vCloud Hybrid Service, Horizon DaaS enables customers to extend their data center seamlessly to the cloud and deploy additional hybrid applications alongside their hybrid desktop environment.
“Businesses today are betting big on the cloud and Chromebooks used with web applications like Google Apps for Business fit the way we work today,” said Caesar Sengupta, vice president, product management, Google. “VMware Horizon DaaS helps companies transition to the cloud while supporting existing Windows applications. Chromebooks are secure, manageable and cost effective, making them a great option for businesses with the impending end of support and security updates on Windows XP.”