The management of physical desktops is becoming more and more complex and expensive.
Managing traditional desktop environments with operating systems and applications installed locally on desktops and laptops no longer meet requirements for modern companies. IT departments spend too much time on manually installing software, updates, security patches, and supporting end users. In addition, such technologies can very often only be used within the corporate network or in its own perimeter.
Nowadays, employees are working more flexible and mobile and are not directly connected to the corporate network for a large part of their working hours.The challenge is to decouple business-critical applications from the user’s device and make them centrally available to be faster and much more flexible.
By separating the operating system, applications and data from the desktop hardware, IT department can deploy and manage these individual components more effectively. This raises the question of how and where companies should centrally provide virtual desktops and applications – in their own data center, in the cloud, or even in both?
However, there is no general answer to this question. For example, if you are already using VMware technologies like vCenter Server, vSphere and VSAN, but you don’t have the capacity to deploy VDI workloads in your own data center, Horizon on VMware Cloud on AWS could be the right solution for you.
Abruptly sending your employees to work from home due to the current situation brings additional challenges.
Technical prerequisites have to be created to centrally provide corporate applications and, above all, securely from anywhere, regardless of the end point and network. At this point, you can take advantage of virtual desktops provision using Horizon on VMware Cloud on AWS and run the necessary VDI workloads from there. This achieves a high level of flexibility: employees can have access to business-critical applications and data from anywhere and at any time.
VMware Cloud on AWS is an integrated cloud offering and is based on VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) approach with vCenter Server, vSphere, VSAN and NSX. This special offering was jointly developed by Amazon Webservices (AWS) and VMware and provide highly scalable and secure cloud services to run any workloads. It is also called VMware SDDC “runs” on AWS. VMware vSphere runs on Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud (Amazon EC2) or bare metal hardware from Amazon.
This VMware SDDC provides the necessary basis for providing digital workplaces and running virtual desktops and published applications.
The solution provides a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud for virtual desktops and applications. It combines the enterprise capabilities of VMware’s Software Defined Datacenter VMware with the features of VMware Horizon. Known technologies such as Instant Clone and App Volumes can be used to enable fast and efficient deployment of virtual desktops and applications. Cloud Pod Architecture (CPA) can be used to combine and merge on-premises and cloud workloads for providing users a centralized client access point.