Leveraging Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure for Business Continuity
In just the last few weeks, I've seen an increase in the number of IT administrators who are implementing Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure to provide their employees with remote access to their internal applications.
It started with government departments and universities in Australia deploying Horizon Cloud in Azure to support their people, stuck in areas of the world under quarantine, and unable to return to campus. And it went from there. Now enterprises of all types and sizes are leveraging Microsoft Azure capacity to enable their workforces—customer service, sales, and more—to work from home.
If you are in a similar situation, let me introduce you to Shane Fowler, a Senior Specialist SE in Melbourne, Australia. Shane has put together a video that explains how he set up Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure from scratch, and connected it to his home lab.
Shane told us his mind was reeling when he first heard from one of his clients that a stay-at-home mandate could cost his organization close to $600 mil. His client wasn’t alone. You and many other IT administrators are also asking how to set up the capability for your employees to work remotely.
We have three solutions we can offer you, if your workforce suddenly needs to work from home:
- Workspace ONE – Enables remote connectivity with Modern Management and Enabling BYO
- Horizon 7 On-Prem – Provides remote physical desktops and on-prem VDI
- Horizon Cloud on Azure – Supports cloud-hosted virtual desktops
A series of videos can get you started as you either deploy or scale your implementation, starting with A Step-by-Step Guide How to Deploy Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.
Additional resources for setting up Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure
We recently released a blog and a podcast about how you can use Horizon to enable your employees to work remotely. Take a look at these, and the other business continuity assets on Tech Zone, for ideas about how Horizon can enable you to build up a work-from-home service for your employees.
Quick-Start Tutorial to help you set up Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure
Another great resource is the Quick-Start Tutorial for VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure. We recently updated it with information about the latest (3.0 March 2020) release. The Quick Start Tutorial is a step-by-step guide to setting up a basic deployment of Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure. It walks you through all of the steps from setting up your Microsoft Azure subscription through deploying desktops and application hosts.
You can even practice using a deployment with the Hands-on-Lab for Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.
For more information about the latest release, see this blog by Gabe Knuth and the release notes for Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure. You can also find many other resources on Tech Zone that can help you deploy Horizon Cloud on Azure quickly.
As Shane said, “Yes, you’re just one person, facing a world-wide problem. But together we can solve this, one endpoint at a time.”