VMware Horizon 6 hits the street. Now that the dust has settled, do you care?

It's been just over two months since VMware announced Horizon 6, their desktop virtualization product which adds app publishing and connectivity to RDSH-based desktops and apps. Last week VMware announced the general availability of the product, and you can now download the 168-page Evaluators' Guide as well as the software itself.

It's been just over two months since VMware announced Horizon 6, their desktop virtualization product which adds app publishing and connectivity to RDSH-based desktops and apps. Last week VMware announced the general availability of the product, and you can now download the 168-page Evaluators' Guide as well as the software itself.

There are three editions: Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise. The main difference is that Standard is VDI-only based on concurrent user (CCU) licenses. Advanced adds the RDSH & app publishing, Mirage (for physical and virtual desktops), and the ability to use CCU or named user licenses. The Enterprise version adds automation, performance management, capacity planning, and a bunch of related dashboards.

Those who had early access to Horizon 6 basically fall into two groups: Those in Group A believe that this is Horizon 6 is the best thing ever and the beginning of the end for Citrix. Group B folks believe Horizon 6 is a "v1" product which will be laughable in comparison to XenApp. (At BriForum London 2014 last month I said that I didn't really care which one was true, as I'm mostly excited about the fact that we now have competition in the RDSH and app publishing space. Here's a video recap of that part of my opening keynote.)

By the way, one of the features that has been officially removed from Horizon is View Local Mode, that horrible and worthless idea where users would check out VMs for use offline. (This concept was so bad I even named a paradox after it.) Good riddance!

Anyway, now that we've had some time for the dust to settle, what are your thoughts and plans for Horizon 6? Are you planning to download and test? Do you want to wait and see what other peoples' reactions are? Are you excited to get rid of Citrix? Are you doubling down on Citrix because you view that VMware won't truly be able to compete?

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funny how VMware removed local mode and Citrix is building Desktop Player for Windows...who is chasing who here???


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Local Mode was just replaced by using Mirage with level 2 hypervisors such as Fusion.  I think that is a much better solution since Local Mode has a much larger storage requirement.  The only questions I haven't checked into yet revolve around security and management of those locally run VMs.  Things like encryption, life cycle management, self delete, etc.


The RDSH solution does still need a bit of work.  The lack of persona management support means you need 3rd party solutions like Liquidware's Profile Unity or your app settings won't follow you around each of the servers in an app farm. Still, I'm very happy that this solution exists at all. It gives Citrix a swift kick in the ass that they needed while starting to plug a glaring hole in VMware's EUC portfolio.


My excitement for Horizon 6 comes from vCO integration.  The included orchestrator workflows are still a bit limited but that will get better.  Self provisioned desktops and apps is something I think was needed.  Now I want to see Mirage integrated into vCO for self provisioned physical or virtual desktops and apps.  


I've already torn down the beta in my lab and installed the View portion of Horizon 6.  I'm working on the other components as time permits.  I've got a couple of customers that are interested in POC's at this point.  One of my larger customers (roughly 40000 seats) will start upgrading this summer and plans to use App Remoting as well.  


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Its all good leverage to get a lower price with Citrix. I don't see compelling differentiation to switch yet, Mirage doesn't work. Playing catch up not that exciting from VMware, I'd rather see leapfrog capability to switch.


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The RDSH feature, while seemly quirky at first, is functional. I currently work for a shop running a terribly old version of Citrix, and who currently have eyes on improving the mobile experience for workers. Horizon 6 may just have enough going for it, including the initial RDSH integration, to be a contender.


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This is definitely exciting..yes, I am planning to download and evaluate Horizon..Seeing is believing.. Need to try it out to understand how it fares when compared to citrix..Since I work in a big VMware shop, it would be interesting to see how Horizon fits in to the desktop virtualization space


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Well I Think that VMware has been improving thier desktop solutions year after year and with Horizon 6 now you can use RDSH, we have to try it out. I'll be install it and see how it goes.


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Do I care? Yes I do, I'm hoping we can have lower storage costs using vSAN, which will make virtual desktops more attractive to us, and if we can publish the applications we couldn’t using ThinApp using RDS, we will finally be able to turn down our old Citrix Farms, that will also save us cash.


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Well I Think that VMware has been improving thier desktop solutions year after year  and the full integration of mirage is now completed and we have a complete solution.


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I think the EUC suite is improving with new acquisitions, and approaching parity. Hopefully the application ecosystem and integration with other VMware products might begin to make a better case for adoption than with prior versions


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The Horizon 6 enhancements are a big step for the End-User Computing (EUC) market and would be a remain as a Market Leader in EUC.


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