VMware Horizon

New Virtual Editions of F5 BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager® Tailormade for VMWare Horizon View

By Shankar Iyer, VP of Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

At PEX this week, VMware and F5 Networks announced an expanded partnership that will introduce a new level of security capabilities to VMWare Horizon View. The soon to arrive virtual editions of the F5 Networks BIG-IP Access Policy Manager has been tailor-made for VMware Horizon View and offers customers an unparalleled combination of powerful features, easy deployment and tremendous value.

These virtual appliances from F5 Networks enable enterprises to consolidate secure access control across enterprise users accessing virtual desktops from local and remote environments across all devices. In addition, the F5 Networks virtual Big-IP Access Policy Manager will include a dedicated iApp and a reference architecture for Horizon View deployments.

F5 APM with VMW Horizon View


Scalability for Evolving Business Needs

Today’s enterprises are required to cater to users that need to access enterprise resources from any device and from any network. VMware Horizon View is the leading VDI solution that enables enterprises to deliver virtual desktops on-demand and allows the enterprise to easily scale from a small number of desktops to an enterprise-wide deployment. F5 Network’s APM solution is designed to allow enterprises to similarly scale from small to large deployments at a very attractive price point. With support for SSO across multiple domains, multiple authentication types including Federal CAC, a consolidated AAA infrastructure and advanced reporting, APM allows enterprises to deploy together the two best-of-breed products for secure access control and VDI together to achieve the best solution for delivering virtual workspaces on any device in a secure manner.

Virtual editions of APM enable our customers to start these deployments at a competitively attractive price point and scale it linearly to very large deployments with very high degrees of robustness and performance.

Looking Ahead

We will be working very closely with F5 Networks in the coming weeks to bring this product to-market. These new appliances are a result of direct feedback from customers who want to adopt industry-leading solutions from the two best brands in their respective market segments. That’s why both companies are committed to continuing to listen to customers and build the most innovative products available.

You can learn more about how VMware Horizon View and the F5 Networks virtual BIG-IP Access Policy Manager work together by contacting VMware sales for more information.

For a wrap-up of this week’s EUC-related news at PEX, read the blog post by Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products for EUC, on the VMware company blog. You can also read a wrap-up of the announcements made this week specifically around DaaS and storage.

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We’d love to hear what you think of these products and what you’d like to see in future integrations and collaboration between VMware and F5. Let us know in the comment section below.