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There was a time, several years ago, where Microsoft thought of VMware as a true competitor since their virtualization platforms dominated (and still does) a market that Microsoft wanted to control. Even though there’s a strong battle between these two companies for the hypervisor market, now they see each other more as partners or technology enablers. Going that path, VMware just announced that will start offering their Horizon Cloud platform from customers that want to integrate it with Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft and VMware realized that their products can complement each other really well and potentially improve their adoption. The key components here are Windows 10 and Horizon View as a way to offer virtualized desktops in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) approach. It’s hard to find an organization in the world that is looking to VDI as their desktop platform and not being obligated to consider Windows 10; after all the desktop OS was prepared with a strong BYOD (bring-your-own-device) model to facilitate adoption in organizations.
Horizon Cloud gives customers the ability to manage virtualization infrastructure (user desktops, profiles, applications) from a single management window. It also allows admins to move between different options if changes in the company dictate a new form of infrastructure.
Horizon Cloud will now offer three ways customers can use their platform:
Not so long ago, VMware also announced an important partnership with Amazon to provide VMware Cloud on AWS. Basically a VMware instance in AWS datacenters, which can be integrated easily with VMware on-prem platforms.
Therefore, this Azure integration is demonstrating that VMware wants to provide a way to manage desktops between different cloud vendors.
Horizon Cloud will also bring new features for customers looking for the Azure option: hourly billing, attractive, SPLA licensing, compliance with industry mandates such as HIPAA and PCI and world-class SLAs.
Horizon virtual applications will be the initial platform to be available in Azure, which will start in 2H of 2017. Virtual desktops will follow, and it is estimated that it will be available in early 2018.
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