Probably a bit late on the news, but hey, doesn’t hurt to blog about it!
If you read my blog, you’ve probably realized that I have an interest in VDI, with solutions from both Citrix and VMware. I’ve been concentrating on View for about a year now and I have also been following the news with regards to recent acquisitions by VMware such as Desktone and AirWatch. VMware has been making some smart decisions with these purchases and I am sure this will allow for much more feature rich VDI solution with different options. Already, at version 5.3, View is making waves in the VDI market and becoming one of the leaders in virtual desktop space. With that said, recently, VMware has announced the VMware Horizon DaaS (Desktop as a Service) solution that is hosted on vCHS (vCloud Hybrid Service) which is VMware’s own public cloud infrastructure service, similar to Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s AWS platforms.
Here’s some information on the DaaS offering from VMware:
- VMware Horizon DaaS built on vCloud Hybrid Service, NOW AVAILABLE!
- VMware beats Amazon, launches Horizon DaaS for $35 per user, including persistent
Taken from the VMware Website
There are also some videos that are available, quite interesting to see the Daas Demo:
I have to admit, at a price of $35 per desktop per month, which inlcudes quite a few features, I can’t see why an organization that is looking for a DaaS solution, not try VMware’s Horizon DaaS offering.
Since I love messing around with tech, I actually signed up for a free trial here.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an email with the link to your free trial. During the Trial sign up process, you’ll be asked to create a username and password that you’ll be using to connect to your vDesktop portal
Once you log in, you’ll notice your trial vDesktop and applications
- RDP (Default)
To use PCoIP, you’ll need the View client that can be downloaded from the VMware website, it’s actually part of the VMware Horizon View package. More information on the subscription service can be found here.