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What is VMware Horizon on IBM Cloud?

Deliver cost-effective access to the latest operating systems and other software, increasing the productivity of a mobile, dynamic workforce. With this fully managed, end-to-end desktop-as-a-service solution, you can provision cloud-based virtual desktops through guided consulting services in about two weeks. Then transition to a managed steady state that requires minimal expertise in virtual desktop infrastructure.

VMware Horizon on IBM Cloud features

Enterprise-grade managed services

Leverage onboarding services and expert guidance from IBM specialists, plus ongoing support for level 2-4 escalations.

Dedicated or shared environments

Choose the option that best meets your needs.

Hosted app option

Virtualize only an application instead of a full desktop.

Customized capacity allocation

Purchase defined units of capacity separately for each virtual desktop.

VMware Horizon on IBM Cloud benefits


Team with IBM specialists to build your virtual desktop environment in just weeks and leave the management to them.


Benefit from the centralized IBM Cloud infrastructure, designed to meet strict security requirements for content in flight and at rest.


Grow or scale back as needed to meet the demands of an enterprise-level workforce.


Attain a consistent level of performance and availability across locations, devices and connections.

How customers use virtual desktops

VMware Horizon on IBM Cloud architecture

The desktop as a service supports a cloud scale architecture that makes it easy to deliver virtualized, feature-rich Windows desktops and applications to any device, anytime. And, with a flexible subscription model and turnkey solutions, organizations can easily get up and running and scale quickly.

Architecture diagram shows bare metal, storage, networking, and support services for persistent and floating desktops plus hosted applications delivered to multiple devices.

Empower remote, contract and temporary employees

Connect end users with the files and software they need, no matter where they are located.

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Accelerate productivity during mergers and acquisitions

Get employees and required applications up and running more quickly on a single infrastructure.

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Get started with VMware Horizon on IBM Cloud

Extend the value of cloud to your end users and drive greater productivity with a robust virtual desktop solution.