Harnessing the Power of VDI with VMware Horizon Cloud and Horizon 7

While recently shopping for a new refrigerator, one of life’s greatest joys, I saw that a new model of fridge was “cloud connected”. Do we really need cloud connectivity and functionality while accessing that late-night snack or early morning coffee creamer?! At that moment, it hit me that we had finally reached a new high (or low) of diluting the cloud craze. Cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud. How many times have we seen or heard the term ‘cloud’ mentioned over the past 10 years through advertisements, tech conference kickoffs, and billboards alike?

While many marketing campaigns continue to capitalize on the marketing power of the cloud, it’s refreshing to see VMware lead the pack on providing and executing real VDI solutions both on premise and especially in the cloud space with Horizon Cloud and Horizon 7. Many of the clients I have the privilege of working with on a daily basis have active testing, development, or production cloud workloads, yet VDI in the cloud is somewhat a new initiative for many. For most, it can be a chore to get started, navigate let alone implement said solutions.

While not an exact quoting system, The Horizon Cloud Use Case Calculator is a great starting point on estimating the cost and capacity of your cloud VDI workloads.

s with traditional cloud workloads, most organizations are running a hybrid model while very few have a fully on prem or fully in the cloud type deployment. Luckily, VMware has provided a variety of tools to get you started on harnessing the power of VDI both on premise and in the cloud. The first and most simple tool to use would be use The Horizon Cloud Calculator for strictly cloud workloads. For calculating costs across your entire deployment, The Horizon Cloud Use Calculator is the tool for you. Lastly, for a comparison of the different features for Horizon on prem, cloud, AWS, this Matrix is absolutely fantastic as a high level determination of where your organization may benefit from the options at hand.

A small sample of the options and features sets with both on-premises and cloud offerings from VMware Horizon Cloud and Horizon 7.

Even before consulting the mentioned basic resources, it’s always a good idea to do some basic data gathering and assessments. Before we run, we must walk and it’s no different as I watch many rush through and ultimately fail with VDI projects. A few considerations and starting points you can begin with are:

  • Do I have an existing VDI infrastructure and do I want to run a hybrid or migrate to a strictly cloud VDI solution?

  • Can I implement a non-persistent, dynamic solution or am I stuck with a traditional, non-persistent model?

  • How many concurrent or named VDI users or sessions do I need to plan for?

  • Which applications do I want to include in my gold image and which do I want to virtualize and delivery on demand?

  • What are my current real world bandwidth and latency performance statistics?

  • Do I have existing relationships with AWS, IBM, or Microsoft that I can leverage their VDI cloud integrations with VMware?

Those are just a few of the questions that the team at McGlaun Consulting can help your organization to assess, navigate through then catapult to a fully functionally, onsite, hybrid or strictly in the cloud VDI solution powered by VMware Horizon Cloud and Horizon 7.


Dustin Orgill is a Senior Solutions Architect at McGlaun Consulting.