VMware Horizon DaaS cloud-based desktop service unveiled

VMware today announced the introduction of VMware Horizon DaaS, a new cloud-based desktop service.

The virtualization vendor said the new cloud solution offers cost-effective enterprise-class virtual desktops running on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.

VMware does not share specific cost benefits to enterprises.

The service offers 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.

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.

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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.

Claudiu Budurlean, director of IT, client-computing architecture, Apollo Education Group, said: “DaaS allows our IT organization to accelerate the adoption of a modern virtual desktop infrastructure in an efficient way. With DaaS, our IT administrators need not worry about provisioning hardware, software, design and implementation of enterprise desktops; this frees-up valuable time for our teams to focus on other student-facing IT projects within our organization.”

The service provides an adaptive user experience across devices, locations, and media for consistent quality and exceptional user experience. It simplifies the delivery of desktops and applications as a cloud service.

VMware Horizon DaaS supports enterprise mobility by enabling end-user access to full Windows desktops and applications through the cloud — from anywhere, at anytime — using desktops or laptops (PC or Mac), zero/thin clients, Chromebooks or mobile devices (Android or iOS).

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.

Caesar Sengupta, vice president, product management, Google, said: “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.”

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