Features and Benefits

With the Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure offering, Microsoft and VMware work together to extend the desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offering with new cross-cloud capabilities. Key features of Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure include:

  • Support for VDI desktops: For desktops that use the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, you can entitle both VDI dedicated desktops and VDI floating desktops to your end users.
  • Easy deployment: Depending on the complexity of your configuration, it can take as little as 60 minutes to deploy the service to your own Microsoft Azure instance.
  • Single management plane: Even if you deploy multiple instances of Horizon Cloud Service to multiple Microsoft Azure regions, you still use the same cloud-based management UI to configure and manage your Horizon Cloud Service environments.
  • Single infrastructure provider: You can manage virtual applications from the cloud with your existing infrastructure provider.
  • Simple upgrades: VMware provides a simple blue-green upgrade method that allows you to rev to the next release in minutes.
  • Power management: Horizon Cloud Service has built-in features that automatically allocate and deallocate RD Session Hosts based on demand, which cuts costs because you pay for use only, not for idle time.
  • Schedule-based power management options for VDI dedicated and floating desktops: You can schedule powering off an assignment's VDI desktops for weekends, holidays, and non-working hours, which can optimize cost savings. You can also schedule a higher minimum desktop count to meet high-demand times. 
  • Rolling maintenance and image update: Horizon Cloud Service includes built-in orchestration to allow you to do rolling maintenance of your RD Session Hosts.
  • RD Session Hosted applications: Horizon Cloud Service supports RD Session Hosted applications and desktops with this initial release.
  • Cloud monitoring: You do not need a third party or additional tool to monitor or manage your Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure deployment. Our new cloud-based monitoring feature allows you to keep an eye on your deployment from a single UI.
  • True multi-cloud deployments: You can choose between cloud capacity managed by VMware, bring your own hyper-converged infrastructure, or bring your own public cloud capacity from Microsoft Azure.
  • Dynamic Environment Manager (formerly known as User Environment Manager): With this solution, you get personalization and dynamic policy configuration across any virtual, physical, and cloud-based Windows desktop environment, engineered to deliver workplace productivity while driving down the cost of day-to-day desktop support and operations.
  • Workspace ONE: This solution integrates with VMware Workspace ONE™ to provide your users with a single workspace to access all their applications.
  • Leverage Microsoft Azure services and regions: You can host virtual desktops and apps across more data centers and more locations by integrating with Azure, one of the fastest-growing IaaS providers with one of the largest number of global regions.
  • Expanded geographic reach: You can leverage any region from the many global Microsoft Azure data centers, and configure and deploy desktops in minutes.
  • Low-cost hourly billing: You benefit from consumption-based pricing for capacity, as well as no upfront costs or termination fees.

For more information, see VMware Horizon Cloud Service and under Release Notes, select Horizon Cloud Service - v2.0 - July 2019.


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