VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure
Empowering Remote Workers with VMware Horizon, Azure and WWT
Recent events have dramatically elevated the priority for public sector organizations to support flexible strategies that enable end users to access corporate content from a wide range of devices, including Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. End users rely on issued laptops, tablets and bring-your-own (BYOD) devices that require IT departments to support a broad spectrum of applications – not all of them standard. Public sector IT services face the challenge of providing speed, flexibility and security beyond the firewall, as well as the need to comply with regulatory mandates.
IT departments must meet these expectations – even as their organizations are streamlined and their budgets and staffing are reduced.
World Wide Technology (WWT) offers the VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure solution to solve for these challenges. This solution provides the ability for organizations to connect their private instance of Azure to the Horizon Cloud control plane. This creates a secure, cloud-hosted solution for delivering virtualized Windows applications and desktops. Exclusively with Azure, VMware and Microsoft partnered to extend the functionality of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) to customers using Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.
This is a proactive, forward-looking solution that meets near-term challenges while providing a technology foundation that will enable future digital transformation efforts, including:
Burst Capacity/Seasonal – Adding the ability to burst to additional capacity in the cloud and scale down in periods of lower demand without purchasing or maintaining excess hardware infrastructure for an on-premises Horizon environment. This also improves the remote end user experience as cloud-hosted virtual desktops typically will have lower latency connections to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications.
Remote Worker/Contractors – Reducing costs and improving security instead of issuing laptops to remote workers. This also provides ability to securely work from any device using the Horizon client or any HTML5 browser as well as the ability to locate the virtual desktops closer to the end users.
Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) – Eliminating costly redundant datacenter and infrastructure capacity by shifting to the cloud. Organizations pay for only a small constant capacity to maintain infrastructure-related services and gain the ability to quickly ramp up with a pay-as-you-go model for additional capacity when needed.
WWT’s VMware Horizon Cloud on Azure Solution
WWT experts have extensive End User Computing (EUC) and cloud expertise. Our experts host in-depth workshops to share their experience and best practices for streamlining an organization’s decision-making process. Leveraging the capabilities of the WWT Advanced Technology Center (ATC), our experts can demonstrate the pre-built integration labs created to help our customers accelerate their evaluation process.
When ready to deploy VMware Horizon Cloud on Azure, WWT has designed a methodology to help customers rapidly architect and implement an environment aligned with best practices to fit their specific business requirements.
WWT offers Quickstart engagements for customers anywhere on the Desktop-as-a Service (DaaS) journey to deploy and run:
• VMware Horizon Cloud on Azure Quickstart for customers without an existing AzureSubscription
• VMware Horizon Cloud on Azure Quickstart for customers with an existing Azure Subscription
If a Quickstart does not meet your specific needs, the WWT Account Team and WWT Solutions Architects can create customized deployments for complex, sizable or highly secure environments. In addition to the Quickstart or custom engagements for deployment of VMware Horizon Cloud on Azure, the following subscriptions will be required and included in any design. (WWT can help customers choose the right one for them, purchase and setup any required subscription not present in the environment today):
• Active MyVMware account to log in to the Horizon Cloud Control Plane
• Valid Microsoft Azure subscription in a supported Microsoft Azure environment