Menu
VMware again lets users run virtualised desktops locally with Flex

VMware again lets users run virtualised desktops locally with Flex

Employees get a desktop they can use without Internet access and IT keeps control of it

VMware is offering a new product, Horizon Flex, that lets IT departments run containerised and secured virtual desktops locally on PC or Mac laptops and desktops. Users get a desktop that works when they are traveling or in places without Internet connectivity, Kit Colbert, CTO for end-user computing at VMware, said in a blog post Tuesday, introducing Horizon Flex.

Administrators can control the longevity of the virtualized software container by setting up a date when its use expires or by remotely killing it. Admins can also allow or deny the use of peripheral devices. The desktops can be installed for customers, contractors or remote employees using a USB stick or via the corporate network.

This isn't the first time VMware has introduced a product like this. VMware ACE, which the company dropped in 2011, had the same goal of letting administrators secure virtual desktops running on Windows or Mac laptops, according to Colbert.

He thinks VMware had the right idea, but in retrospect, was probably too early to market. The big trends today are BYO and mobility, which were both in their infancy when ACE debuted in 2005, Colbert said.

VMware's strategy for how desktops should run has evolved from being very focused on virtual desktops that run in a data center to giving IT departments more flexibility. The launch of Horizon Flex is the latest example of this strategy. The company has realized that it can't afford to be too wedded to any one technology when it comes to desktops.

VMware also envisions desktop environments where cloud-based desktops and applications work as a backup, which will be possible with Horizon Air Desktop DR. The purported advantage is the same as with other cloud-based services -- relieving the IT department from having to set up and manage an environment of their own.

Horizon Flex and Horizon Air Desktop DR are expected to be available before the end of the year and cost from US$250 per device and $5 per month and reserved desktop.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags virtualizationdesktop virtualizationVMware

Featured

Slideshows

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Typically, the New Year brings new opportunities for personnel within the Kiwi channel. 2017 started no differently, with a host of appointments, departures and reshuffles across vendor, distributor and reseller businesses. As a result, the job scene across New Zealand has changed - here’s a run down of who is working where in the year ahead…

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel
​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

Digital Transformation (DX) has been a critical topic for business over the last few years and IDC is now predicting a step change as DX reaches macroeconomic levels. By 2020 a DX economy will emerge and it will become the core of what New Zealand industries focus on. From the board level through to the C-Suite, Kiwi organisations must be prepared to think and act digital when the DX economy emerges in 2017.

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?
Top 15 Kiwi tech storylines to follow in 2017

Top 15 Kiwi tech storylines to follow in 2017

​The New Year brings the usual new round of humdrum technology predictions, glaringly general, unashamedly safe and perpetually predictable. But while the industry no longer sees value in “cloud is now the norm” type projections, value can be found in following developments of the year previous, analysing behaviours and patterns to formulate a plan for the 12 months ahead. Consequently, here’s the top Kiwi tech storylines to follow in 2017...

Top 15 Kiwi tech storylines to follow in 2017
Show Comments