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VMware Unveils Workspace ONE, Horizon 7/Horizon Air Hybrid-mode

VMware previewed the upcoming release of several new end-user computing solutions designed to help enterprise customers simplify their desktop and application management efforts.

VMware (VMW) debuted several new end user computing solutions on Tuesday as the company looks to help customers simplify their enterprise desktop and application management efforts.

The first solution, called VMware Workspace ONE, is a platform that allows users to sync their apps and services across all of their devices. VMware said its new digital workspace solution combines device management, application delivery and identity management into a single entity, bringing together three previously separate solutions.

Straight from the press release, VMware detailed the following features in Workspace ONE, including:

  • One-touch Single Sign-On access and self-service access to applications.
  • Self-service device provisioning, so users can configure their devices in the way best suited to their needs.
  • Secure applications for mail, calendar, content and chat as well as ComplianceCheck Conditional Access to limit access across applications and devices.
  • Simplified application packaging and automatic application delivery for simplified program updates.

Workspace ONE includes per-app VPN protection as well as intelligent networking with VMware NSX and device usage analytics for system administrators. The platform comes in three flavors, including standard, advanced and enterprise editions. VMware said pricing will start at $8 per user, per month for cloud subscriptions and $150 per user for on-premises perpetual licenses, according to the announcement.

The company expects to launch the solution this quarter, although a specific date was not revealed.

VMware’s second announcement centered around the release of Horizon 7 and Horizon Air, the latest versions of the virtualization company’s digital workspace management solution. Horizon 7 was designed for desktop and app delivery from the private cloud, while Horizon Air is meant for the public cloud.

VMware’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Desktop Products, End-User Computing Sumit Dhawan said both versions were designed to gel with customers’ cloud-first mentality in regard to their desktop and application provisioning needs.

According to VMware, both versions share the following features:

  • Just in time delivering, meaning users can provision up to 2,000 virtual desktops in under 20 minutes via VMware’s Instant Clone Technology.
  • Blast Extreme Capabilities, which VMware explained as a display protocol built specifically for mobile cloud networks. This feature allows users to offload their GPUs so they can increase the scale and mobile network support for H.264 capable devices.
  • Access to the recently announced VMware App Volumes 3.0 for application lifecycle management.
  • Integration with VMware Workspace ONE.

Additionally, a smart policies feature will be exclusive to Horizon 7, which provides users with contextual and role-based management capabilities as well as single sign-on permissions.

The new Horizon Air, which was previously referred to as Project Enzo, includes a so-called “hybrid mode” that is being touted as “a new cloud-scale architecture that combines VMware virtual app and desktop technology with hyper-converged infrastructure and virtual SAN Ready Nodes,” according to the announcement.

Horizon Air Hybrid-mode consists of a cloud control plane and VMware’s Horizon Node technology and is capable of operating as a fully hosted cloud service or a hybrid service, based on user preference. VMware said users will also have the option of moving application and desktop workloads between on-premise storage and the cloud at will via the Cloud Control Plane.

Both Horizon 7 and Horizon Air are expected to launch sometime this quarter. Pricing for Horizon 7 is being listed as $250 per user for a perpetual on-premise license, while Horizon Air Hybrid-mode subscriptions are expected to cost $16 per user, per month for named users and $26 per user, per month for additional connections.

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