Our industry-leading virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and apps software, was one of the first products to go SaaS with the release of Horizon Universal Subscription at VMworld 2019. Since then, many Horizon customers have made the move from perpetual to subscription, making VMware’s End-User Computing business a leading driver review film of the company’s SaaS transformation.
But what about customers who aren’t ready to consume hybrid and multi-cloud use cases, workloads, and SaaS services?
Some competitors in the VDI space have taken a hard line with these organizations, forcing a SaaS offering on them without a plan to ease the transition from a perpetual offering. VMware has taken a more flexible, customer-centric approach. We provide customers choice and flexibility to consume our technology either on-prem and/or on SaaS. And when they are ready to make the move, we help them navigate the transition at their own pace that matches unique requirements.
Today VMware is announcing two new Horizon SaaS and subscription offerings – Horizon Standard Plus Subscription and Enterprise Plus Subscription – to meet customers where they are in their SaaS transformation (read the blog post). With these new editions, customers can deploy VDI and apps on a single private or public vSphere-based cloud while consuming new SaaS services that are being built on the cloud-hosted Horizon Control Plane. SaaS services that can be accessed with these new subscription offerings automate common tasks and optimize Day 2 operations and management of VDI and app environments to reduce IT time and cost.
These offerings provide a steppingstone to hybrid and multi-cloud VDI and apps. Once these customers are ready to unlock additional value from Horizon SaaS services that support multi-cloud workloads or management services, it’s an easy move to Horizon Universal Subscription.