VMware Horizon DaaS – Desktop as a Service

VMware Horizon DaaS Platform for Service Providers delivers Windows desktops and hosted apps as a cloud service to any user anywhere, on any device.

Last month, I got a chance to implement Horizon DaaS for my company to became first in the Middle East. Thanks to Mr. Ivo Murris , Director of Technical Marketing – Desktops-as-a-Service at VMware.


Horizon VDI and Horizon DaaS is bit different in architecture because of  the nature of  multi tenant support by Horizon DaaS.





DaaS Platform Components

By default, all virtual appliance are highly available

1. Virtual Appliances

  • Service Provider- Administer portal for the hosting provider
  • Resource Manager- Mange and allocate resources for service Provider
  • Tenant Appliance – Manage and administer portal for Tenant Appliance
  • Access Point – Reverse Proxy for the access point

These appliances are not available to download from VMware portal. 

2. vCenter Servers -Recommends separate vCenter’s for management appliances and desktops

3. Compute – Add blades (HA Cluster) depends on your environment

4. Storage – Storage should be rock solid capable of handling enough IOP’s depends on the deployment.

5. Network – Apart from Management network and tenant networks, Link Local network would be the heart of the Desktone architecture.

6. Each Tenant should have following

  • Tenant Appliance
  • Active Directory
  • DNS
  • DHCP

Below image gives you an idea about Hosting Service Provider appliance Portal


Each tenant will have a tenant admin portal, can create/delete/manage their own desktops


Each user will have a user portal, can manage assigned desktop. End User’s Features and Protocols support is same as in Horizon VDI.




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