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Access your desktops & apps securely from any where at anytime.
Horizon on Azure Cloud enables you to deliver virtual desktops and applications from the cloud, to any device, in any location, all from a single cloud-based control plane over any network.

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XcellDesktop SM | Horizon On Azure

Access your desktops & apps securely from any where at anytime.
Horizon on Azure Cloud enables you to deliver virtual desktops and applications from the cloud, to any device, in any location, all from a single cloud-based control plane over any network.

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What Horizon On Azure Cloud Delivers

Multi-Cloud Architecture

Horizon Cloud provides a multi-tenant, cloud-scale architecture that enables you to choose where virtual desktops and apps reside: VMware-managed cloud, BYO cloud, or both.

Digital Workspace Experience

Horizon Cloud makes it easier than ever for end users to securely access their digital workspace on any device, anytime, anywhere.

Clear Path to the Future

Leverage the extensive VMware End-User Computing portfolio to transition your virtual desktops and apps to the cloud on your terms and maximize current investments.

Cost and Complexity Redefined

Horizon Cloud radically transforms traditional desktop and application virtualization with a subscription model that lets you pay as you grow.

Unique features of this services

Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure was built to deliver workspaces as a cloud service.

Multi-cloud flexibility.

Organizations can use their preferred choice of infrastructure including public cloud infrastructure from Microsoft Azure or fully managed infrastructure from VMware, all managed from the Horizon Cloud control plane.

Centralized cloud management.

IT can centrally manage and configure desktops, apps, and policies across clouds. Cloud management enables IT to have a SaaS-like experience with automated service updates. A single pane of glass to manage the entire deployment reduces the time and expertise to get up and running.

Virtual applications and desktops, including Windows 10, on Microsoft Azure while leveraging cloud resources.

Graphics visualization.

Superior graphics capabilities enable users to visualize graphic-intensive workflows on Microsoft Azure GPUs for RDS and Windows 10 virtual desktop workloads.

Premium user experience.

Using Blast Extreme, a purpose-built protocol built for the mobile cloud, end users can enjoy a great desktop experience across any network, location, or device. The service supports a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, ultra-low-cost PCs, Macs, and more. IT can dynamically choose between VMware Blast Extreme or PCoIP display technology to deliver the best possible user experience even within the most challenging, high-latency environments.

Use Cases

Work at Home Programs

Embrace the growing remote working and work at home trends with confidence.

Contact Centers

Scale rapidly and efficiently to accommodate new agents or seasonal demand spikes.

PCI Compliance

Audit-ready PCI DSS security and controls regardless of user location.

HIPAA Compliance

Infrastructure and expertise designed to help you achieve HIPAA compliance.

Disaster Recovery

Ensure desktops are still available in the case of an unexpected interruption.

Third Party Contractors

Ramp contractors quickly while maintaining security and control.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Quicker, easier tech integration during mergers or acquisitions.

Benefits of Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure delivers an array of benefits.

Multi-Cloud Deployments

Flexibility to manage bring-your-own infrastructure from Microsoft Azure and fully managed infrastructure from VMware on IBM Cloud through the Horizon Cloud control plane

Low-Cost, Hourly Billing for Microsoft Azure Capacity

Ability to pair consumption-based pricing on public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with Horizon Cloud service subscription

Global Footprint

Single instance to manage deployments across many Microsoft data center regions over the globe, including Microsoft Azure Government

Easy Deployment

Automated deployment of Horizon Cloud service components
Integration with the Microsoft Azure Marketplace allows IT to import a Windows image, on which the necessary agents get automatically applied

Simplified Management

  • Horizon Cloud always maintained at latest versions
  • Under five-minute, self-scheduled upgrades for components on Microsoft Azure via Blue-Green upgrades
  • Desktop health alerts to stay on top of resource usage
  • Schedule-based power management for RDSH farm servers and VDI allows IT to optimize savings and improve the performance of virtual machines (VMs)
  • Agent Auto Update (AAU) to easily update agents via the Horizon Cloud management console

Superior Architecture

  • Multi-tenant architecture built for the cloud
  • Cloud control plane separate from the data path, avoiding unnecessary latency and maintaining business continuity
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway™ deployed automatically in Microsoft Azure


  • Support for RADIUS-based two-factor authentication
  • Support for VMware NSX® Cloud enables micro-segmentation of virtual desktops deployed on VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Simple Offer

  • Unified Access Gateway included in offer
  • VMware Dynamic Environment Manager ™ included in offer

Horizon Cloud on Azure Reference

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VMware Horizon Cloud enables the delivery of cloud-hosted or on-premises virtual desktops and apps to any device, anywhere, from a single cloud control plane.

-Firdaus Kanga

My best part is "When Horizon Provides desktop management solutions, quality control and privacy. Allows for applications to be downloaded and for our IT Team to access and view installations and track progress."

-Jayant Parikh

I like how they have all different supports when needed, and all languages are available.

-Kavi Kant


Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure provides customers with the ability to pair their existing Microsoft Azure infrastructure with the VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™.

Horizon Cloud delivers feature-rich virtual desktops and applications using a purpose-built cloud platform that is scalable across multiple deployment options, including fully managed infrastructure from VMware and public cloud infrastructure from Microsoft Azure. The service supports a cloud-scale architecture that makes it easy to deliver virtualized Windows desktops and applications to any device, anytime. And, with a flexible subscription model, organizations can easily get up and running quickly.

Customers can select from over 200 VM sizes that supports their use cases for both VDI and RDSH, along with the ability to filter the VM sizes based on Type, Series, CPU, Memory, and Tag when creating a Desktop Assignment or RDSH Farm. For a list of specific VM types within each series, please refer to the product documentation.

Yes, Horizon Cloud is a multi-tenant service.

With Horizon Cloud you can use any device, anywhere to access your desktop and applications. This includes thin clients, zero clients, PCs, Macs, iPads, Android devices, smartphones, Amazon Kindle Fires, and Google Chromebooks.

VMware is dedicated to helping customers accelerate their move to the cloud by providing a range of deployment options that make it easy to transition at their own pace. As one of the fastest-growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers, Microsoft Azure helps support our multi-cloud strategy, allowing customers to host virtual desktops and apps across more datacenters and more locations. Microsoft Azure also brings with it hourly billing, attractive SPLA licensing, compliance with industry mandates such as HIPAA and PCI, and world-class SLAs.

Horizon Cloud supports vGPU-accelerated Microsoft Azure infrastructure to deliver secure, immersive 3D graphics to RDS-hosted apps and session-based desktops as well as Windows 10 virtual desktops.


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