VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 3

Nov 25, 2015

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By Anthony Rizzo, Staff End-User-Computing Technologist, VMware

This series discusses the concept of VMware Horizon 6.2 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps as a flexible end-user-computing tooling system.

Part 1 of VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together reviewed the main ideas behind this concept.

Part 2 of VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together covered key characteristics of end-user-computing centralization with secure and remote access.

This part explains the mapping of business requirements to Horizon features for tooling end-user-computing solutions.

I am broadly covering integrated VMware End-User-Computing solutions here. The rest of this blog series (this third blog, and Part 4) will refer to Horizon and the VMware components it integrates with as VMware End-User Computing.

Mapping Business Requirements to VMware End-User-Computing Components

Technology serves the business, and tooling begins with business requirements.

End-user-computing solutions should meet the needs of the business and overcome the limitations of the operation. Requirements are combined with constraints, then mapped to VMware Horizon product sets (tool sets). This gives you a more useful and effective tooling solution.

  • Business requirements are defined by industry demand, consumers, leadership, financial conditions, or market conditions, and other factors that are not easily controlled.
  • Constraints are defined by real-life working conditions. These are more controllable. Constraints add more detail to requirements.

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Imagine that you have clearly defined your business requirements. Here is a simple example of how typical constraints refine business requirements for a more meaningful Horizon solution.

Typical Constraints Choosing Horizon Product Sets
Business Constraint Workers need remote access to Web-based applications from any device. Data must not leave the data center.
  • App remoting
  • Apps are accessed securely and remotely.
  • Apps run in the data center.
  • Data never leaves the data center.
Financial Constraint End users finance their own devices. User devices and operating systems will vary.
  • Desktop virtualization
  • App remoting
  • MS Windows and applications run in the data center.
  • Apps are securely and remotely accessed from any device.
Organizational Constraint IT staff is located at headquarters. Branch-office IT staffing is limited or non-existent.
  • Desktop virtualization
  • App remoting
  • Centralization reduces the need for IT to physically be at the user’s device for maintenance and support.
Administrative Constraint Web-based apps depend on specific versions of Internet Explorer and Java. When the versions are out of sync, they take too much time and effort to correct.
  • Application virtualization
  • Combining both the browser and Java into a single application package keeps them in sync without administrative effort.
Technical Constraint Users are bringing non-Windows devices to work. The company supports only Windows applications. Non-Windows devices need to be supported.
  • Desktop virtualization
  • App remoting
  • App virtualization and isolation
  • Desktops and application packages are centralized and secured.
  • Users have native-application experience regardless of device or operating system.

Horizon product sets can be tailored, or tooled, to meet the specific needs of both the administrator and the user. You might still be asking, “Will I know how to do this?”

Simply put—the ability to design an end-user-computing environment comes with experience. There are many possible tooling combinations a skilled engineer can choose.

Very important points:

  • Educate yourself on VMware End-User-Computing product offerings. Understanding product sets and individual product features is essential even for high-level planning.
  • Advanced end-user-computing integration is not for novice engineers. It requires in-depth VMware and IT technology skills, especially when integrating in a production environment.
  • If you are integrating end-user-computing products into a production environment, first make sure the production environment is healthy, properly designed, and in good working order.
  • Smaller, less complicated solutions are sometimes built and deployed without advanced product knowledge. This often introduces some risks.
  • You do not have to—nor should you—face this challenge alone. VMware has teams of advanced planners and engineers to help you. VMware also partners with highly skilled solutions integrators across the globe, all trained to help you.

A Summary of Part 3

  • You learned that in order to have the best outcome with designing an end-user-computing environment, you must start with business requirements.
  • Real-life limitations of the organization, called constraints, help to refine your requirements so they map better to VMware End-User-Computing capabilities.
  • It is best to use skilled engineers in tooling end-user-computing solutions, especially when integrating them into production environments.
  • VMware and VMware partners are here to help.

See the end of this blog for links and references that will help you plan your end-user-computing architecture.

Part 4 will explain how VMware End-User-Computing products can be combined to meet the needs of business, and adapted as those needs change.

Links to Resources

Assessment Tools

VMware Partner Assessments
Demo Of SysTrack Desktop Assessment
Assess and optimize VMware End-User-Computing deployments, and keep View desktops running smoothly.
End-User-Computing Maturity Assessment The VMware EUC Maturity Assessment measures your organization’s readiness to deliver IT services and support to end users.

Who Can Help?

Find a VMware Partner Find a skilled and authorized VMware partner to help you build your end-user-computing solution.
VMware Accelerate Advisory Services Benchmarking analysis that includes high-level peer benchmarks, current and future state assessments, value and architectural modeling, process optimization insight, and custom dashboards.
VMware Technology Consulting Services Take advantage of experienced VMware consultants to create, expand, or optimize your environment while gaining hands-on knowledge for your team.
VMware Technical Account Manager Services Technical Account Managers combine deep expertise with insights from thousands of successful implementations.

Education

VMware Hands-On Labs Try a real-time hands-on lab with various VMware End-User-Computing products.
VMware TestDrive for End-User Computing Take a self-guided test drive of VMware End-User-Computing solutions.
VMware End-User-Computing Videos See VMware End-User-Computing videos on YouTube.com.
VMware Horizon Solutions Learn more about how VMware Horizon solutions are applied in various industries.
VMware End-User-Computing Learning Paths Discover more about how to get educated with VMware End-User-Computing learning paths and certifications.

Decision-Making Tools

Compare VMware Horizon 6 Editions Helps determine which VMware Horizon 6 edition is right for your organization.
Application-Delivery Decision Maker
Application-Delivery Decision Maker Guide
Helps you decide which VMware Horizon 6 application-delivery methods will meet your requirements.
Interoperability Guides Checks if your hardware, software, and VMware components are compatible with each other, and supported.
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