This is the first in our end-user computing deep-dive series. Upcoming posts will cover the Workspace Suite and more, so keep any eye out.
Application remoting offers customers a solution that’s capable and adaptable, and ties in neatly with the global shift towards simplicity and converged infrastructure. Recent predictions from Gartner actively recommend that decision-makers shift from “built to last” to a “built to adapt” strategy. This strategy is far more capable of handling a digital business and allowing for new systems and solutions that can respond more quickly to modern digital opportunities and challenges.
The growth in demand for IT mobility – mobile devices, mobile cloud solutions, hybrid cloud environments – has seen our customers asking for solutions that take advantage of the benefits mobility can provide as quickly as possible. VMware decided to ask them how they were using app remoting as part of their overall end-user computing strategy. This line of questioning was aimed at understanding what they did or did not like, taking the time to see precisely what it was that they wanted.
We found that customers were looking for a single platform converging virtual desktops, RDS hosted apps, SaaS apps, packaged ThinApps and even third party solutions, and all within a unified workspace allowing the user to access all entitled resources from a single point. With the release of Horizon 6, VMware can offer a single platform allowing IT to deliver virtual or remoted desktops and applications to end users. Application Remoting is also delivered via Horizon 6 and can be used both on-site and in the cloud for RDS hosted apps and extended capabilities for RDS-based desktops.
VMware Horizon 6 already had the majority of features required to support app remoting. Some of the key components for hybrid cloud or on-premises deployment implemented by VMware in Horizon 6 which support this function are: session brokering, load balancing and cloud pods; orchestration; resource bursting, VM migration and elasticity; image management and provisioning; broad set of clients for different access devices; and monitoring and management.
The solution now integrates fully with Microsoft RDS through the development of our own protocol provider for RDS that allows us to integrate our graphics and protocol stacks. It also gives us the potential to enable other remoting capabilities further down the line. The remoted app experience is also seamless as Windows apps run lightly across multiple platforms and deliver impressive results on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices. The beauty of the solution is its ability to allow access to apps from any device, anywhere.
Continuing on the topic of integration, customers can upgrade existing VMware View environments to Horizon 6, instantly adding the ability to remote RDSH hosted desktops or apps. Horizon 6 allows you to create app pools easily and encourages access to a variety of apps simultaneously or across multiple farms. Horizon also includes enhanced management capabilities and has been designed to ensure that application remoting can be seamlessly implemented across the whole organisation.