VMware Launches Horizon Virtual Desktop Service
The company is getting to market faster than Amazon, which announced a service last year but has yet to make it generally available.VMware is leveraging its acquisition last year of Desktone to launch a desktop-as-a-service offering that the company is providing on its own cloud service and which will compete against other DaaS solutions from the likes of Amazon Web Services. The virtualization giant is scoring a coup in the increasingly competitive DaaS space by launching its Horizon DaaS service before Amazon, which announced its Amazon Workspace service in November 2013 but is still running it in a limited preview. VMware officials also said its service, combined with its Horizon View offering, enable businesses to deliver the Windows desktop images via a public or private cloud, or run them in a hybrid environment. VMware's Horizon DaaS service, which was announced March 10 and is based on the technology inherited via the Desktone acquisition, enables organizations to deploy Windows desktops that can be accessed by a range of devices, from desktops and notebooks to thin clients, mobile device, Chromebooks and tablets running Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating systems. The desktop images—which can be Windows 7 or 8—run on VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service platform, enabling all the same applications, networking and other tools to be delivered across both on-premises and off-premises cloud environments. Companies can manage and monitor their cloud-based desktops through such tools as vSphere and vCenter. The company is offering the service for $35 per month per user for a full Windows client.
"Our experience working with customers deploying DaaS the last several years has shown that the majority prefers a blended environment with both on-premise and cloud desktops," Sumit Dhawan, vice president and general manager of desktop products for VMware's End-User Computing unit, said in a statement. "However, very few solutions in the market can deliver a seamless end-user experience across multiple clouds like VMware Horizon DaaS."