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Introducing VMware Horizon 6 Cloud Pod Architecture

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

Key features of Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture include high availability and scalability for Horizon 6 virtual desktops. Virtual desktops can now be deployed across multiple sites or multiple data centers 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.

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

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. Both end users and IT admins 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 existing View desktop deployments

Each cloud pod is located in a different data center and consists of various EUC 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 and support for roaming and home desktops. 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 on Cloud Pod Architecture details.

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