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VMware Horizon 6 – Introducing Cloud Pod Architecture

Louis Cheng

Author: Louis Cheng

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On behalf of everyone in the End-User-Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to introduce you to a brand new capability of VMware Horizon 6: Cloud Pod Architecture.

The key features of the Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture are high availability and scale out of virtual desktops provided by Horizon 6. Virtual desktops can now be deployed across multiple sites or multiple datacenters and managed globally through a single entitlement layer. The Cloud Pod Architecture lays the foundation for delivering Horizon virtual desktops from different locations across the globe and centralizing the operations and management of the associated infrastructure.

[New! Cloud Pod Architecture feature in Horizon 7, Part One]

VMware Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture enables end-users to access their virtual desktops from anywhere in the world using the nearest data center to ensure a high quality user experience. Not only do end-users benefit from this architecture, Desktop and IT administrators also benefit from this architecture. With this new capability, Desktop & IT administrators can:

  • Centrally and securely manage virtual desktops spread out across multiple locations
  • Balance load across multiple data centers separated by distance
  • Provide disaster recovery (DR) for virtual desktops
  • Enable end-user needs such as roaming desktops and a home desktop irrespective of end-user location and desktop-location
  • Incrementally scale their existing View desktop deployments

Cloud Pod Architecture

The diagram above depicts the Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture with three Cloud Pods. Each cloud pod in Figure 1 is located in a different data center and consists of various end user computing assets (primarily virtual desktops) along with the associated infrastructure. This architecture enables end-users to consume a desktop from any of the three cloud pods regardless of where they connect from and allows Desktop and IT administrators to manage the entire environment through a single global user entitlement layer. This architecture helps customers achieve benefits such as efficient resource utilization (active/active deployment), disaster recovery, support for roaming desktops/home desktops etc. This flexibility not only ensures that end-users have the access and mobility they expect of their virtual desktops, but it also simplifies management across data centers, freeing up valuable time and resources.

In the interest of time, that’s all I’m going to write on this topic today. For a more detailed look at how cloud pods work, read my follow-up post by clicking here.

[Read the next blog for more Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture details.]

Written By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director of Product Management for VMware End-User Computing

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