VMware announces Horizon 6. Supports app publishing to compete Citrix

At an online webinar attended by 20.000+ viewers VMware announced at April 9 VMware Horizon 6. Horizon 6 will support hybrid cloud and VMware VSAN. The most exciting new feature which caused a lot of buzz in the blogosphere is support for published applications/remote apps.


Until now Horizon, specificaly the View software was limited to present full blown virtual desktops to end users. Each virtual desktop was running as a virtual machine (VDI). Presenting a full desktop is not ideal for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Endusers are interested in using apps and much less in a desktop for holding shortcuts to apps and documents which takes up their complete screen.

Both Citrix (using XenApp published applications and also using XenDesktop) as well as Microsoft (using Remote Desktop Session Host  RemoteApp technology) are able to present just a single or set of applications instead of a desktop. Citrix is using ICA/HDX and Microsoft RDP/RemoteFX protocol to present the display and handle input and devices.

With Horizon 6 VMware offers support for seamless applications using either VMware Blast or PCoIP protocol.PCoIP is at GA an official  protocol provider available for Microsoft RDSH. VMware and Microsoft worked closely together to enable VMware as a third protocol provider.

The VMware Horizon View client is at GA able to support View VDI, RDSH desktops and RDSH RemoteApps.  Microsoft RDSH servers combined with VMware Horizon 6 is enough to publish applications to a broad set of clients. Supported client  operating systems are Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.A client for Linux will also be available soon.

While XenApp will have the most features for some time to go, and has good integration with appliances like Citrix NetScaler, Horizon 6 will be good enough for many scenario’s.

Horizon 6 will be available in three editions:

  • Horizon View Standard Edition: Delivers simple, high-performance desktop virtualization with great user experience
  • Horizon Advanced Edition: Offers the lowest cost solution for virtual desktop and application management through VMware Virtual SAN and a unified workspace that supports hosted applications
  • Horizon Enterprise Edition: Delivers a cloud-ready solution for virtual desktops and applications with advanced cloud automation and management capabilities

Horizon 6 will be general available in Q2 2014 and is licensed per named user or per concurrent user with prices starting at $250.

This is a nice 10 minutes technical overview video. 

More information:

The VMware Press Release

Introducing Horizon 6 by Kit Colbert

VMware has some big news for EUC by Gartner Gunnar Berger

BOOM! VMware announces RDSH & full app publishing support! Claims XenApp 6.5-to-Horizon 6 migration is easier than XenApp 6.5-to-7.5! by Brian Madden

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