The university trialled the new VMware virtual desktop and data management suite for months, with plans for further deployment across the organisation.

The University of Wollongong (UoW) has embraced VMware's new virtual desktop and data management suite after being its guinea pig during the beta testing phase.

VMware launched the Horizon Suite on Thursday, which rolls up Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, and Horizon Workspace, a new application that manages multiple screens in one neat package. Aimed at mobile application management, the Horizon suite supports Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows RT and Phone devices. Users can access their desktop environment through a browser on their mobile devices.

"The Horizon suite is designed to be a one-stop shop for managing the end-user device to IT," VMware lead evangelist for end-user computing Ben Goodman said.

UoW was invited to beta test the Horizon Suite prior to launch. The university has numerous campuses spread out across southern NSW, and has around 25,000 students, as well as 2,500 staff.

In recent years, UoW has strived to be in the "top 1 per cent" of universities in Australia, and it was changing the way the institution operated.

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