VMware brings its virtual desktops to Microsoft Azure with Horizon Cloud integration

VMware recently announced a new solution that brings its virtual desktops and applications to Microsoft Azure.

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On Tuesday, VMware announced that it will soon deliver its VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure, to help customers move to Windows 10 and bring the company's virtual desktops and applications to the growing cloud platform.

Azure is used by 90% of the Fortune 500, and gains 120,000 new customers per month, according to Microsoft. It is available in 38 regions globally.

"The addition of VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure puts VMware in a unique position to offer customers several infrastructure options for virtual desktops and applications with the flexibility to move between different platforms," said Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager of end-user computing at VMware, in the press release. "This is an example of VMware executing against its cross-cloud strategy and bringing innovation to the desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) category it pioneered in 2009."

One of the major value adds of Horizon Cloud is the ability it gives customers to manage virtualization infrastructure from a single management window. It also allows admins to move between different options if changes in the company dictate a new form of infrastructure, the release said.

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Horizon Cloud users will now be able to choose from fully-managed public cloud infrastructure from VMware, public cloud infrastructure from Microsoft Azure, or a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) option that allows customers to mix in their own on-premise infrastructure and appliances.

"Enterprises all over the world are rapidly looking to the cloud to consume their IT solutions," said Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice president, developer and platform evangelist at Microsoft Corporation, in a press release. "We are excited to see VMware bring their Horizon Cloud offering and enterprise customers to Azure."

"DaaS has matured over the years and today offers the cost savings, performance and agility that appeals to businesses in search for a modern desktop strategy," said Robert Young, research director, IDC. "The addition of a major cloud platform such as Microsoft Azure has the potential to accelerate the adoption of VMware Horizon among customers searching for a different way to manage and deliver Windows 10 desktops and applications."

VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure is expected to be available in the second half of 2017, according to the press release. Microsoft also recently announced three new Azure tools to help enterprises with cloud adoption.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

1. On Tuesday, VMware and Microsoft announced a partnership that will deliver VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.

2. The partnership will aim to help customers move to Windows 10 and bring VMware's virtual desktops and applications to Azure's growing cloud platform.

3. VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure will likely be available in the second half of 2017.

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