CloudConnect for VMware Horizon - Xtravirt

At a Glance

Many businesses recognise that a cloud computing model can lend itself well to the user workspace, providing on demand access to desktops, applications and resources whilst providing the flexibility required to support today’s mobile workforce.

VMware® Horizon Cloud enables delivery of virtualised or hosted desktops and applications via a single, public cloud integrated  platform. Services including RDS hosted apps, packaged apps with VMware ThinApp®, SaaS apps, and even virtualised apps from Citrix; can all be accessed from one digital workspace, hosted in the public cloud.

But how do you get started in evaluating whether Horizon Cloud delivers the required performance and management for your business and functional requirements?

Cloud Connect for VMware Horizon delivers Xtravirt’s expert consulting in assessment, design and deployment stages for a Horizon and Horizon Cloud implementation using VMware’s public cloud. The service, delivered by Xtravirt, is designed to provide your business with a best practice pilot for a real-world assessment of the solution, as well as delivering knowledge transfer into your internal teams.

Feature Benefits

  • Accelerate deployment: Hands on deployment support from specialists to deliver a Horizon Cloud pilot solution and ensure integration with existing systems and on-premise infrastructure
  • Save time: Accelerate the transition of service to the Horizon Cloud solution through project planning and engagement
  • Expand business knowledge: Fully documented installation configuration and knowledge transfer from Xtravirt’s expert cloud consultants
  • Drive long term strategy: Align with advances in modern workspace technology and practices ensuring business efficiency
  • Gain greater insight: In depth understanding of your user workspace requirements covering desktops, applications, resources, user experience and mobility
  • Achieve best practice: Receive design services for a Horizon solution on VMware’s public cloud aligned with recommended industry standards and vendor specifications


The Cloud Connect for VMware Horizon Service delivers an end to end best practice implementation of a Horizon solution hosted on VMware’s public cloud for a trial period.

This solution provides an ideal platform for businesses with a cloud first or cloud migration strategy to undertake proof of concept and pilot activity to validate whether it is a viable option for their user workspace beyond the trial period.

Horizon Cloud can also manage access to existing Horizon & View environments that may reside on premise or in an existing private cloud.

Xtravirt employs a proven methodology and approach to facilitate the introduction of target user groups to the solution and track progress throughout a defined testing period.


Activities and Outcomes

  • Introductory workshops to gain a deeper understanding of the workspace requirements and concerns
  • Design sessions with technical and business teams to produce an architectural design aligned to validated use cases
  • Build, enablement and integration of Horizon Cloud components as per best practice led designs
  • Provision and transfer of Horizon compute workloads for VMware Cloud services
  • Definition of user groups and migration planning programme of work
  • Initiation of user testing, project support and solution optimisation
  • Documented test analysis and future recommendations
  • Solution documentation and knowledge transfer throughout

Date Published: 16th May 2017
Date Modified: 19th March 2019
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Week 1
  • Initiation and discovery workshops
  • Use case definition and validation
  • Design sessions and high level design creation
Week 2
  • VMware subscription acquisition
  • Solution build, feature enablement and workload provisioning
  • Connectivity to Horizon Cloud and management integration
Week 3
  • Transition test users to the platform
  • Conduct testing and review performance
  • Create solution documentation, knowledge transfer and presentation of findings

Additional Services

We deliver end-to-end outcomes, from cloud strategy through to solution implementation, including designing and building private/hybrid clouds for user workspaces with self-service provisioning and management.

Related services delivered by Xtravirt include, Planning Workshop for VMware Horizon and Workspace Express. Alternatively, services an be tailored to fit specific customer requirements.

Date Published: 16th May 2017
Date Modified: 19th March 2019
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