VMware Inc. – leading provider of cloud infrastructure services and business mobility, through an official announcement, conveyed that it will deliver its VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft popular cloud platform – Azure.
The integration will accelerate the adoption process of Windows 10 and expand the reach of VMware virtual desktops and applications to globally present Azure regions.
Last year, the company had entered a deal on similar lines with Microsoft’s key competitor, AWS, extending its infrastructure on Amazon’s public cloud.
With this, VMware is all set to follow a cross-cloud strategy for extending its services on a global scale.
Talking about the move, Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and GM, VMware said, “The addition of VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure puts VMware in a unique position to offer customers several infrastructure options for virtual desktops and applications with the flexibility to move between different platforms.”
He further added, “This is an example of VMware executing against its cross-cloud strategy and bringing innovation to the desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) category it pioneered in 2009.”
Horizon cloud is unique offering of VMware, that with the help of a single control panel allows user to select their preferred infrastructure to deliver and manage Virtual desktops and other applications. Customers have the option to choose from various deployment options and even switch between them dynamically.
The switch options include fully managed Public Infrastructure by VMware, Public Cloud Infrastructure from Microsoft and Bring Your Own On-Premises Infrastructure with HCI (Hyperconverged Infrastructure) Appliances.
The general availability of VMware Horizon Cloud on Azure is expected to be in the second half of 2017.