With a Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure environment, end users can securely access their desktops and applications from any device. After you deploy the Horizon Cloud Node, you can use the Administration Console to configure desktop and application assignments.

A Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure environment consists of a cloud service, Horizon Cloud, which pairs with an on-premises component called the Horizon Cloud Node.

Horizon Cloud

A control plane hosted in the cloud by VMware for the central orchestration and management of virtual desktops and applications on an on-premises infrastructure.

Horizon Cloud Node

Optimized hardware that is connected to the cloud control plane by way of integrated Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure connector software and configured for the Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure environment. vSAN Ready Nodes or Dell EMC VxRail appliances are types of optimized hardware you can configure as Horizon Cloud Nodes.

Along with access to the Administration Console, also referred to as the Horizon Cloud Manager, a Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure environment includes the software necessary to perform the following tasks.

  • Pair the on-premises hardware with the cloud control plane.

  • Deliver virtual desktops and manage applications as containers known as AppStacks.

Using User Environment Manager for Persistence

A Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure environment uses the VMware next-generation desktop and application delivery platform known as JMP (Just-in-Time Management Platform). JMP is a set of VMware technologies that deliver Just-in-Time desktops and applications. The JMP technologies applicable in a Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure environment are:

  • VMware Instant Clone Technology, providing fast desktop provisioning for your environment's virtual desktops

  • App Volumes, providing real-time application delivery into those desktops

  • User Environment Manager, providing contextual policy management

User Environment Manager provides various options for achieving the persistence of end-user data, settings, and profiles of virtual desktops. For a Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure environment, the best practice is using User Environment Manager with folder redirection. A pre-defined configuration is available from VMware. For details about this pre-defined configuration along with the best practices for using App Volumes and User Environment Manager with your environment, see the document titled VMware App Volumes with Horizon Cloud Application Delivery Best Practices and Operations Procedures at vmware.com. This document also includes detailed information on the installation and setup of User Environment Manager for use with Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure.