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May 17, 2017

VMware brings DaaS to Microsoft Azure with Horizon Cloud

VMware's Horizon Cloud on Azure delivers a better experience for organisations wanting to deploy DaaS through public cloud.

By Hannah Williams

VMware has announced that it is to deliver its Horizon Cloud platform on Microsoft Azure, enabling customers to accelerate their move to Windows 10.

The integration, which will be available in 38 regions across the world, is expected to bring VMware virtual desktops and applications to the increasing global presence of Azure in the enterprise.

VMware’s Horizon Cloud has the ability to use a single cloud control plane to provide customers with the flexibility to choose their preferred infrastructure for delivering and managing virtual desktops and applications.

By leveraging the company’s cross cloud strategy, customers are able to choose from several deployment options and also dynamically switch options if use cases change, employees move or economics shift.

According to the 2016 IDC Marketscape, Horizon Cloud is described as “… the most complete mix of business and solution strategies and capabilities for delivering virtual desktops and applications.”

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The platform also offers options such as a fully managed public cloud infrastructure from VMware, designed for organisations that look to outsource management of infrastructure to the cloud for a desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) experience.

Robert Young, Research director, IDC said: “DaaS has matured over the years and today offers the cost savings, performance and agility that appeals to businesses in search for a modern desktop strategy.”

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An option to leverage public cloud infrastructure from Microsoft is included, which connects Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to Horizon Cloud to deliver and manage Horizon virtual desktops and application.

Lastly, customers are able to bring their own On-Premises infrastructure with Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) appliances. This is suited for organisations that may desire more control over their virtual desktop infrastructure.

Steven Guggenheimer, CVP Developer and platform evangelism, Microsoft said: “Enterprises all over the world are rapidly looking to the cloud to consume their IT solutions. We are excited to see VMware bring their Horizon Cloud offering and enterprise customers to Azure.”

VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure will be made available during the second half of 2017.

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