You can deploy Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS to scale Horizon 7 desktops and applications on an elastic cloud platform.

VMware Cloud on AWS allows you to create vSphere data centers on Amazon Web Services. These vSphere data centers include vCenter Server for managing your data center, vSAN for storage, and VMware NSX for networking. You can connect an on-premises data center to your cloud Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), and manage both from a single vSphere Client interface. Using your connected AWS account, you can access AWS services such as EC2 and S3 from virtual machines in your SDDC. For more information, see the VMware Cloud on AWS documentation at

Once you have deployed a SDDC on VMware Cloud on AWS, you can deploy Horizon 7 in that cloud environment just like you would in an on-premises vSphere environment.

The Cloud Pod Architecture (CPA) feature lets you scale your Horizon 7 deployment across multiple pods and sites for federated management. Optionally, you can deploy Horizon 7 on a hybrid cloud environment when you stretch the CPA feature across on-premises data centers and VMware Cloud on AWS instances. This enables Horizon 7 users to outsource the management of the SDDC infrastructure to the VMware Cloud platform. Since the Horizon 7 architecture is the same on-premises and in VMware Cloud on AWS, the deployment and management experience remains the same across on-premises and in the private cloud. There is no requirement to purchase new hardware and you can use the pay-as-you-go option for hourly billing on VMware Cloud on AWS.

You can also stretch the CPA feature across two VMware Cloud on AWS data centers.

The following features are not supported for an Horizon 7 deployment on VMware Cloud on AWS:

  • Linked-clone desktop pools

  • Instant-clone desktop pools

  • Manual desktop pools

  • Linked-clone RDS Host farms

  • Instant-clone RDS Host farms

  • Content-Based Read Cache (CBRC)

  • Security server

  • Unmanaged desktops

  • Horizon Persona Management

  • VMware ThinApp

  • Virtualization-based security (VBS)

  • Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) devices

  • JMP Server

  • Linux desktops

  • VMware App Volumes

  • User Environment Manager

  • IPv4 and IPv6 mixed mode

  • IPv6

  • FIPS mode

  • NSX-T