VMware has Finally released Horizon Application Manager on premise to customers just last night my timing GMT+3. I am very excited about this launch since the features it brings to the enterprise are absolutly amazing in so many ways. first of all, as we are starting to see the execution of the end user computing that was released in the last VMWorld in 2011. the way i would think about Horizon is basically like an AppStore that we use in our mobile & Tablet devices. which means that VMware is bringing the consumer experience of doing things into the enterprise but with more robust IT Control which what really matters now for them.
In this blog, i will highlight some of the main feature that VMware Horizon will provide and i will post an easy step-by-step guide on how to set it up in another blog post.
So discussing features here is what customers will get deploying horizon.
Horizon Application Manager Appliance – Now offered as a VMware vSphere-based virtual appliance for on-premise, private cloud configurations. This deployment model allows for a faster time to value with both reduced deployment time and costs, and we have added cloud based update service which enables non-disruptive patching and updates.
Horizon Enterprise Connector – The new Horizon Enterprise Connector supports end-user authentication and single-sign on through Horizon to existing directory services, profiles and policies without making changes or disrupting existing directory architectures.
Horizon Operator – Because Horizon was designed from the ground up to support organizations of all sizes and complexity, we made it multi-tenant capable. Horizon Operator delivers a management console for the operator across multiple organizations / tenants. Operators are able to create, manage and report across all organizations within the system while creating delegated, role based administrators within organizations.
Horizon Administrator – The Horizon Administrator console is a single integrated, web-based platform for end-user and application management, policy and reporting.
Horizon Policy Manager – With granular policy control, administrators have the ability to easily define policies and enable secure, controlled access for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives for end-user access by context like location, connectivity and device..
Horizon Workspace – By providing one workspace available across all platforms, Horizon Workspace delivers a consistent end-user experience with single sign-on across all devices to access applications. The device aware workspace takes the guesswork out of the end-user experience, while providing federated identity management across public and private cloud applications.
Horizon Application Catalog – The unified application catalog in Horizon Workspace delivers a single IT view of all entitled Windows, SaaS and Web applications across the public and private cloud. The catalog comes with an inventory of industry leading SaaS applications to streamline deployment. In addition, IT is able to add new applications to customize the catalog to support existing enterprise web and ThinApp applications. Expanded support of VMware ThinApp virtualized Windows applications enables IT to gain control of leases and patch updates to end-users.
Horizon Client for Windows – provides support for ThinApp Windows application delivery and syncing to Windows based client devices.
VMware ThinApp – now included as part of the perpetual licensed offering of Horizon Application Manager, ThinApp simplifies Windows applications management and reduces the cost and complexity of delivery. This application virtualization solution isolates applications from their underlying operating systems and from other applications to eliminate application conflicts. Through Horizon Application Manager, organizations can now streamline the delivery and management of ThinApp applications to end-users.
Expanded Authentication Support* – Support for SAML and OAuth2, with alignment to open standards ensuring the vast majority of enterprise SaaS applications are supported.
Horizon Extension Services – Delivering APIs to enable the integration of Horizon data into existing systems and processes enable Horizon to extend the value of existing investments. Easily integrate into existing wokflow or reporting systems and bring the added insight from Horizon into the organization.