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Likelihood to Recommend

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion is pretty decent if you're locked in a MacOS environment as VMware Fusion allows Mac users to run software design only for PC. An interesting mode of VMware Fusion is the Unity View Mode. With this option enabled, users are allowed to use a window that looks integrated with MacOS, as it's available for them to open from Spotlight search.
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VMware Horizon

Horizon View is well suited in larger organizations where there are needs to securely access applications and data from outside the internal network. It allows users a complete desktop experience remotely with access to all resources that are available on the local internal private network. It is fast and robust as data does not need to traverse the connection like a VPN connection and stays within the local internal network increasing data security. Cost for hardware and software is a high initial investment so smaller organizations will find it hard to justify the financial costs. In a diverse user environment, there are many uses for Horizon View. When faced with a need for a solution for users to access information or applications outside the internal network, having Horizon View is one of the best go to's to have available. Use your imagination and creativity to solve many business needs
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Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

VMware Fusion
7.1
VMware Horizon
Screen sharing
VMware Fusion
6.4
VMware Horizon
File transfer
VMware Fusion
7.9
VMware Horizon
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
VMware Fusion
4.3
VMware Horizon
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
VMware Fusion
6.2
VMware Horizon
Over-the-Internet remote session
VMware Fusion
5.5
VMware Horizon
Initiate remote control from mobile
VMware Fusion
5.7
VMware Horizon
Remote management of servers & workstations
VMware Fusion
8.9
VMware Horizon
Remote Active Directory® management
VMware Fusion
7.4
VMware Horizon
Centralized management dashboard
VMware Fusion
7.6
VMware Horizon
Session record
VMware Fusion
5.3
VMware Horizon
Annotations
VMware Fusion
9.5
VMware Horizon
Monitoring and Alerts
VMware Fusion
7.4
VMware Horizon
Multi-platform remote control
VMware Fusion
10.0
VMware Horizon

Pros

VMware Fusion

  • Allows users to install a lot of operating systems, like the latest Windows 10 release.
  • It's possible to integrate with Chef and Vagrant.
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VMware Horizon

  • The ability to access local files is an excellent feature.
  • The ability to preserve the state of logged-in users is also nice.
  • In my experience, this is about as close as one can get to using Microsoft Remote Desktop.
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Cons

VMware Fusion

  • The price is too expensive to do things that you can do with other products for free.
  • It has a lot of lag when testing a Windows 10 environment, it was supposed to be faster.
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VMware Horizon

  • The interface isn't always super straightforward and newer or less proficient users may need some detailed help getting it set up.
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Likelihood to Renew

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 10.0
Based on 2 answers
For Apple workstations VMware Fusion is the virtualization software to use. No other application (free or paid) can do what Fusion can. The features and constant updates make Fusion an application that cant be beat.
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VMware Horizon

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 10.0
Based on 2 answers
As I have said 3-4 times in this review, VMware fusion is the best application for system vitalization on Apple Workstations. I have tried all the others and you get what you pay for in the cases of free applications. Even when tested against paid options, Fusion is the best for me and my team.
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VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 9.0
Based on 3 answers
I have found so many varied uses for Horizon View with various departments that we support. Each department has unique needs and Horizon View is one of the more useful tools that we have when designing a solution.
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Performance

VMware Fusion

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 9.3
Based on 3 answers
Performance is excellent of you provide the needed hardware to support the sessions/connections. Pages load very quickly at the client end as the thin client application does a very good job and requires very little bandwidth. All applications function well, as they are running on a session on an internal server that is accessing data directly on the network
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Support

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 9.3
Based on 3 answers
Honestly, we never had any issue so there was no need to reach out to support for anything. I would assume that given experience by others as well, they are not too busy.
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VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Support has been quick and thorough each time we have needed it. The level of support management and case review for each ticket goes beyond expectations. After action review and analysis of problems gives us an idea of what we need to be on the look out for each time
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Implementation

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 10.0
Based on 1 answer
This is a workstation application and no install insights are needed.
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VMware Horizon

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

VMware Fusion

To be fair, with other products, if pricing was a problem for the organization, I would choose VirtualBox, because it works very well on Mac environment and it has most of the features that VMware Fusion has. However, I personally like the way I can run my Microsoft Windows application without losing my MacOS context.
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VMware Horizon

We did not deploy in-house testing, though we did review another company's deployment. At the time we liked what we saw in Horizon, though I have no doubts that XenDesktop could deliver just as well and still does for the other company that presented it to us. What tipped the scales in VMware's favor was our already invested state with ESXi, the tight integration promised with vCenter, and the newly available (at the time) VSAN solution.
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Return on Investment

VMware Fusion

  • VMware Fusion has had an almost universal positive impact on ROI. Instead of a user needing to have both a Mac and PC, s/he can just have a Mac and run whatever Windows program necessary in a Fusion virtual machine.
  • Being able to have a single powerful machine that is running multiple virtual machines also drastically reduces the costs of computer hardware purchased
  • Perhaps the only negative ROI is that there are free alternatives out there (specifically Virtual Box), that can do similar things (albeit not as well).
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VMware Horizon

  • Allows for remote access to files and applications
  • Able to use this in a pinch if someone has a failed machine.
  • Need to have a decent Internet connection otherwise, the connection to the VMS can be laggy.
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Pricing Details

VMware Fusion

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

VMware Horizon

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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