The latest update to the company’s flagship solution adds six new applications, including day zero support for Nvidia GRID vGPU, improved Chromebook support and an early access program for Linux users.
“It’s really about applications and what we’re doing to expand on the capabilities of hosted applications and session-based desktops that we introduced to the market with Horizon 6 back in April,” said Courtney Burry, senior director of Product Marketing at VMware, in an interview with The VAR Guy.
Here is a breakdown of all the new features in Horizon 6:
- Integration with Nvidia GRID vGPU will allow customers to virtually access 3D graphics software, a feature VMware has been working on including for several years, according to Burry. The inclusion of GRID within Horizon 6 is expected to help users drive down costs associated with utilizing high performance graphics software.
- Unlimited access to Chromebook applications, including USB mass storage devices, client drive access and more, complementing VMware’s applications for printing, scanning and imaging devices introduced last year. VMware also announced HTML access to applications via a tech preview and support for the Chromebook client.
- Integration with VMware’s other solutions, including VMware NSX, vSphere 6 and the newly announced Virtual SAN 6 to improve software-defined data center operations. VMware expects the integration of its other virtualization solutions to help users improve their security and lower costs for their hybrid cloud deployments, as well improving scalability across sites. Day zero support for Virtual Volumes will also be available for Horizon 6.
- Dedicated Horizon 6 offering for EVO:RAIL to improve scalability and give users the ability to leverage appliances to deliver desktop and applications in a streamlined manner.
- Additional features for U.S. federal government customers, including support for the IPv6 network address protocol and Common Access Card support. VMware is currently filing for Common Criteria and FIPS 140-2 compliance as well.
- VMware is also introducing a new early access program for Linux users that will include virtual desktop access to Ubuntu and Red Hat (RHT) with support for office applications and 3D workloads. VMware decided to implement the program due to a growing customer desire to move away from the Microsoft cluster, according to Burry. Interested users can sign up for the early access program now, but VMware could not comment on the timeline for general availability.
"VMware disrupted the industry when it offered a compelling option to application publishing with VMware Horizon 6, and we are pushing the innovation envelope again with new application and desktop virtualization capabilities in this latest release," said Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Products, End-User Computing at VMware, in a statement. “In addition to the advanced capabilities in Horizon 6, the technology previews offer a sneak peek at possible new capabilities to come and represent our relentless focus on delivering value and innovation to customers."