VMware adds Concurrent User licensing to Horizon Suite

VMware released Horizon Suite 1.0 around March 2012. Horizon Suite is a bundle of components:

  • Horizon Workspace 1.0; Multi-device access to applications, data and desktops
  • Horizon Mirage; centralized image management for local deployment
  • Horizon View 5.2; desktop and application virtualization

When Horizon Suite became GA in 2012  it was limited to  a named user license only. See this Knowledgebase Article which explains licensing.

Named user implies for  each unique user accessing one of the Horizon  components (from any device) a license needs to be acquired. This is not an attractive license model for companies with a one to many relationship between device and end-user. Imagine a call center with 3 shifts. For three users which are not using VMware Horizon at the same time, three licenses needs to be acquired. This scenario was often seen in  education scenarios.

VMware noticed the pain/reluctance of customers in  upgrading from View  to Horizon Suite. I guess the adoption rate was not what VMware hoped for.

So starting June 4 Horizon Suite will have two licensing models:

1. NEW-> Concurrent user  ($ 550,- per concurrent user)
2. Named user ($ 330,- per named user)

Definition of a concurrent user is:

Unique user logged into the Horizon system.  One user logged in   from multiple devices is counted once per unique username

VMware also runs a promo starting June 4 with 50% discount if customer upgrades from View to Horizon.


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