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An Epic Announcement for VMware Horizon

Last week, I attended the 2016 VMworld conference in Las Vegas along with several of my fellow AHEADians (you can read more about what we were doing there in a recent blog post). And although the entire conference is filled with new, trending updates, information, and demonstrations from users around the world, VMware traditionally saves huge announcements for the second day keynote session (the most heavily-attended session of the whole show). However, there was one “epic” item that was quietly released under the radar in a blog post by VMware: the announcement of Epic 2015 support for Horizon RDS-hosted applications.

To expand, the published applications feature of VMware Horizon has achieved the Target Platform certification for the 2015 release of Epic Hyperspace. This is a major milestone that will truly impact healthcare customers around the globe.

Horizon has had Target Platform support for virtual desktops for many years, and there are many healthcare clients that utilize Horizon for virtual desktops and Citrix XenApp for published applications when delivering Epic Hyperspace at the point of care. The Horizon Published Applications certification means that Epic customers now have a choice in application delivery mechanisms which can ultimately simplify licensing, lower costs, and ease operational overhead.

Traditionally, Horizon virtual desktops that were required to run Hyperspace at the point of care were generally more expensive than running RDSH applications. For this simple reason (and yes, there are more), healthcare customers were not willing to run virtual desktops to host Hyperspace over XenApp published applications. With this new announcement though, customers can now run a complete VMware solution stack from the hypervisor to the published application. This not only simplifies the management of the solution, but also the licensing. Current Citrix customers that pay for named or concurrent licensing for XenDesktop or XenApp also have to license vSphere to host that environment. With Horizon, named user or concurrent user licensing model customers are entitled to all of the vSphere licensing needed to run their desktop and application workload. There is no additional requirement for separate socket licensing.
For healthcare customers looking to migrate off of Citrix to a single vendor for their hypervisor, virtual desktop, or application workload, VMware’s complete solution for hosting Epic Hyperspace on virtual desktops and RDS-hosted applications might be right for you.

If you are interested in learning more about this recent announcement or about AHEAD’s End-User Computing solution for healthcare or other industries, schedule a time to meet with our experts today in the AHEAD Lab and Briefing Center today!

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