This chapter discusses architecture design elements and planning guidelines that includes key details about requirements for memory, CPU, storage capacity, network components, and hardware to give IT architects and planners a practical understanding of what is involved in deploying a VMware Horizon solution.

For details on how to architect a VMware Horizon deployment, see the "VMware Workspace ONE and VMware Horizon Reference Architecture" document available at

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Architecture design for hosted applications A VMware Horizon pod can support farms of Microsoft RDS hosts, where each farm contains RDS hosts. For more information, see the Setting Up Published Desktops and Applications in Horizon document. If you plan to use virtual machines for RDS hosts, also see RDS Host Virtual Machine Configuration.
Architecture design for View Agent Direct-Connection Plugin With this plugin running on a remote virtual machine desktop, the client can connect directly to the virtual machine. All the remote desktop features, including PCoIP, HTML Access, RDP, USB redirection, and session management work in the same way, as if the user had connected through View Connection Server. For more information, see the View Agent Direct-Connection Plugin Administration document.