VMware looks to Horizon

Virtualisation and Cloud provider releases integrated platform for workforce mobility

VMWare has launched its virtual workspace solution, dubbed Horizon, in order to simplify end-user computing in the multi-device era.

The Horizon suite consists of updates to VMware Horizon View and Horizon Mirage, as well as a new product, VMware Horizon Workspace.

The workforce mobility platform lets end users connect to their data, applications and desktops on any device in a secure way, with technologies from Project Octopus, ThinApp, and Horizon Application Managerand being integrated.

“It is a single workspace in the Cloud for accessing data, applications and desktops,” VMware A/NZ managing director, Duncan Bennet, said.

In addition to making it easier to access data, Horizon provides a single IT environment for security and management.

“People are trying to solve this with multiple products, companies and ways at the moment, and this is the first integrated way to solve this problem,” Bennet said.

“We have been working on it at engineering for some time.”

VMWare A/NZ computing end user product marketing manager, Asanga Wanigatunga, said Horizon is a response to the growing momentum around mobility.

Questions around the ways mobility is used to drive business transformation were cropping up, such as whether it is about giving a user a device or the way a customer’s experience or employer productivity can be improved.

“The biggest challenge customers have is dealing with the multitude of devices and operating systems, but it’s really about the applications and data,” Wanigatunga said.

VMWare has spent the last two years investing time and money in researching what the application landscape looks like, and while the tradition operating system bound applications are not going away, Wanigatunga said are “not the next generation.”

“We’re seeing a lot of organisations invest in webified or SaaS based apps,” he said.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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