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VMware recently announced general availability for the new Horizon Cloud– next-gen Services next-gen platform. This article will explain its features and benefits and why now is the perfect time to onboard a Horizon Cloud– next-gen environment. 

What is Horizon Cloud- next-gen? 

VMware Horizon is a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution that allows organizations to deliver and manage virtualized desktop environments and applications to end users on various devices such as laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones. It enables employees to access their work desktops from any device, anywhere, as if they were sitting in front of their physical work computer. 

VMware Horizon Cloud provides global administration of all your desktops and applications that are hosted on different on-premises and cloud environments. VMware hosts the Horizon Cloud Control Plane, which runs the central management of remote desktops and applications in your environment (e.g., Microsoft Azure). 

This new architecture completely moves the environment management to the Horizon Control Plane. This means many components, such as connection servers, gateways, application volumes and databases, are removed from the user environment and switched to the Control Plane. There is also a new management component called Horizon Edge Gateway, which is responsible for communication between the VDI and the Control Plane, deployment of Unified Access Gateway (UAG) and single sign-on (SSO) functionalities. 

This modern approach reduces many local data center requirements and associated costs. Additionally, upgrading the Horizon infrastructure becomes a much simpler process. 

Horizon control plane


Horizon Cloud– next-gen is easy to understand and set up. With a few clicks, you already have a running environment. 

Lower costs 
Fewer components mean less operational costs and reduced maintenance. 

With the new architecture, scalability is much easier across all platforms. 

Visibility and troubleshooting 
The same architecture across all platforms improves visibility and troubleshooting for the administrators. 

Advanced automation 
New API features support advanced automation and integration with third-party apps and services. 

Experience the benefits for yourself by requesting a 60-day Horizon Universal Subscription trial to start your Horizon Cloud– next-gen journey. 

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