VMware Unveils Horizon Suite Workforce Mobility Platform
The Horizon Suite will be licensed per named user, and prices will start at $300. All products in the suite will also be sold individually.Virtualization and cloud infrastructure specialist VMware announced the release of its Horizon Suite, a platform for workforce mobility designed to connect users to their data, applications and desktops on any device. The suite combines VMware's desktop virtualization solution and other technologies from the company, including Project Octopus, Project AppBlast, Project AppShift, VMware ThinApp, Horizon Application Manager and Horizon Mobile. Updates to the company's Horizon View and Horizon Mirage services were also included in the launch of the Horizon Suite. Horizon View 5.2 offers elastic desktop services as a virtual workspace, including simplified access to remote Horizon View desktops using any HTML 5 capable browser, support for hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and a gesture-oriented interface for a more tablet-friendly user experience. Horizon Mirage 4 is a layered image-management solution that separates the PC into logical layers owned and managed by either IT or the end user. The platform is designed to give IT workers the ability to update individual layers without disruption to other layers, bringing end-user data and applications up-to-date.
In addition, integration with VMware ThinApp application virtualization streamlines application packaging, which can enable smoother OS migrations and provide "roll-back" capabilities in case of failure or disaster. Horizon Mirage 4 also extends support for virtual Windows environments on Macs with a free bundle of VMware Fusion Professional.