VMware Leverages AirWatch’s MDM Tech in Horizon 6

It's a new Horizon at VMware -- quite literally. The virtualization and cloud infrastructure company just unveiled Horizon 6, which delivers published apps and desktops on a single platform.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure competitor Citrix may take issue with VMware's marketing, which touts Horizon 6 as the industry's most comprehensive desktop solution. Horizon 6 promises centralized management of any type of enterprise application and desktop, spanning laptops, physical desktops, applications and even employee-owned PCs.

"Customers want to transform their applications and enterprise desktops for the Mobile Cloud Era -- extending access to employees on any device, from anywhere via a comprehensive solution that is simple, secure and cost effective," said Sumit Dhawan, vice president and general manager of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, at VMware. He's convinced VMware Horizon 6 fills the bill, calling it a "product milestone" that "helps customers take the next step in their desktop journey."

Governance and Compliance

VMware's market research makes the company confident that multiple access points such as laptops, tablets, smartphones -- and a range of other employee-owned devices -- are putting pressure on IT departments to deliver better service and access. In response, VMware said it has improved Horizon on several levels, including application delivery, storage optimization, data-center-to-device management, and flexible hybrid delivery.

Specifically, VMware Horizon 6 introduces new features and functions integrated into a single solution that offers a more streamlined approach for IT admins charged with managing Windows applications and desktops. Because enterprise applications and Windows operating systems are centrally managed, Horizon 6 makes it possible for IT to make updates in an agile and predictable manner.

"Governance and compliance can only work if end-users stay within the confines of IT, but end-users are savvy with more options than ever before to work outside the purview of IT," said Brett Waldman, research manager of End-User Computing...

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