VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition VMware Validated Integration Design White Paper
This paper describes how to address business requirements and use cases with services constructed by integrating the components of VMware Horizon® 7 Enterprise Edition.
It is intended to help customers—IT architects, consultants, and administrators—involved in the early phases of planning, design, and deployment by offering a standard, repeatable, and highly scalable approach to design and integration that can easily be adapted to specific environments and requirements.
The approach taken in this paper is, as with any technology solution, to start by defining business requirements and drivers. These requirements can, in turn, be mapped to use cases that can be adapted to most scenarios. With Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition we can deliver solutions for these use cases by creating services composed of several components in a very efficient and reusable manner. The resultant environment and the services delivered can easily be adapted to address changes in the business and use cases.
One key step in addressing the use cases is the definition of blueprints for the services to be delivered. This allows us to understand the components and parts that need to be designed, built, and integrated.
To provide a common experience, to address more than just the Windows applications, and to future-proof the solution, this reference architecture also includes VMware Identity Manager™ in every use case. VMware Identity Manager is a service that extends the on-premises directory infrastructure to provide a seamless single sign-on (SSO) experience to Web, mobile, SaaS, and legacy applications.
A modular, repeatable design approach allows the components and services to be combined in various ways to customize the end-user experience without the need for specific configuration for individual users. This provides operational ease and flexibility by using common nonpersistent building parts and integrating the user configuration and environment to provide a persistent user experience.
This architecture utilizes key features of Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition such as Just-in-Time Delivery, which combines Instant Clone Technology, VMware App Volumes™, and VMware User Environment Manager™ to provide the accelerated delivery of OS, applications, and user configuration. This combination produces usercustomized and fully personalized desktops from standardized building blocks.
VMware vSphere® is the foundation platform for any Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition environment. This paper designs and builds out the requirements and best practices using VMware Virtual SAN™ as a storage platform. Virtual SAN comes with Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition and provides an excellent scalable storage layer; however, other storage types can be used instead.
This reference architecture paper underwent validation of design, environment adaption, component design and build, service build, integration, user workflow, and testing to ensure that all the objectives were met, the use cases were delivered properly, and that real-world application is achievable.
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