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Attribute Ratings

  • VMware Fusion is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • VMware Fusion and VMware Horizon are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.4

VMware Fusion

94%
19 Ratings
8.5

VMware Horizon

85%
34 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

VMware Fusion

100%
2 Ratings
10.0

VMware Horizon

100%
1 Rating

Usability

9.0

VMware Fusion

90%
3 Ratings
9.0

VMware Horizon

90%
3 Ratings

Availability

VMware Fusion

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

VMware Horizon

100%
1 Rating

Performance

VMware Fusion

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

VMware Horizon

100%
7 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

VMware Fusion

100%
10 Ratings
8.1

VMware Horizon

81%
20 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

VMware Fusion

100%
2 Ratings

VMware Horizon

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

VMware Fusion

N/A
0 Ratings
8.7

VMware Horizon

87%
3 Ratings

Product Scalability

VMware Fusion

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

VMware Horizon

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

VMware

Due to its perpetual licensing model, VMware Fusion is a great option for users whose needs do not change as much over time. It is also great for occasional-use scenarios such as testing and preparing code to run on newer platforms. Fusion is not really recommended for running graphics-intense applications as graphics acceleration in Fusion is fairly limited in both performance and API support. It has, however, come a very long way and offers near-native performance for many tasks.
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VMware

VMware is well suited to a business where there will be many remote users needing to connect to the companies desktop. The installation on a remote computer is simple and is easy to use remotely but can be complicated to set up on the back end on the office system. It may not be worth the effort for a company that has few people who need remote access.
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Pros

VMware

  • Allows users to run Windows only applications on their Mac without switching devices.
  • Fusion is excellent for Windows image creation, and works exceptionally well on the Mac environment.
  • Assists a Mac user to virtualize Windows apps.
  • Excellent for installing Linux distros for penetration testing.
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VMware

  • It provides a robust, secure, rich desktop environment that is able to access all internal network resources.
  • Addresses security and compliance concerns as all data resides within the internal network. All data accessed stays within the internal network and does not need to traverse a VPN to the local desktop where it may be cached, etc.
  • The connection is thin client that does not require large amount of bandwidth.
  • Client application is available for all common devices and O/S’s.
  • No need to install, configure and maintain applications on local desktop.
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Cons

VMware

  • With OSX - 10.14.1 and the latest version of Fusion - 11.0.2 the user interface has taken a step back IMHO.
  • I would like to see price decrease.
  • Better remote host connection capabilities - remote server connections are available but connections are spotty.
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VMware

  • Move away from Adobe Flash version in UI, currently on the path but they need to hurry up
  • Speed up the boot process of the environment when servers need maintenance
  • Provide clear steps on what should be upgrade path in terms of components, the order
  • price! A bit too much
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Pricing Details

VMware Fusion

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

VMware Fusion editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    VMware Horizon

    Starting Price

    $0 per year

    Editions & Modules

    VMware Horizon editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Standard$3,116.001

    Footnotes

    1. per year

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    VMware

    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

    We are committed to VMware Horizon and we plan to stick with it for the future unless something drastically changes.
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    Usability

    VMware

    Sometimes the best surprise is no surprise and Fusion is just that. It's reliable and generally just works as expected every time (the only exception was running a boot camp install directly but that use-case scenario opens a can of worms due to how product activation works) The interface and settings are clean and simple and there is no hide and seek games to play.
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    VMware

    VMware Horizon is very easy to use. It is very easy and quick to log in remotely. It is very easy to install remotely. It is usable easily on many different operating systems. It is easy to set up which tools are available to each remote user so that each user has just what they need to perform their work without any extra tools cluttering up their space or bogging down the system.
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    Performance

    VMware

    No answers on this topic

    VMware

    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 Rating

    VMware

    I have never contacted VMware, but there is a lot of support online on message boards, forums, StackOverflow, YouTube tutorial videos, and the like. VMware has been around nine years longer than its leading competitor, VirtualBox, although both seem to have a good presence of online user communities who can help solve issues that come up.
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    VMware

    It is surely way better than Citrix, but it could improve a bit. Usually, they send us the solution without saying what was the root cause so we can avoid breaking something in the future. Besides that, VMWare support answers in an OK time-frame and even speaks our language (Portuguese).
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    Implementation Rating

    VMware

    This is a workstation application and no install insights are needed.
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    VMware

    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    VMware

    I've heard of other/competitive software but frankly once I tried VMware, I never looked back. There is absolutely nothing that I need that this product does not deliver. It's fast, effective and seems to be extremely durable and reliable. My only concern (and minor) might have to do with memory resources, but frankly it has not been an issue yet.
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    VMware

    Although I really prefer Microsoft Remote Desktop for accessing Windows servers (from Windows machines especially), and this can be done from off-site with a VPN, this entails much more effort, namely getting everyone's Active Directory in the correct group to have access. VMWare Horizon is a much simpler solution in terms of granting access. Chrome Remote Desktop and TeamViewer are really not viable solutions for remotely accessing servers in business settings, although they work alright for home servers and such, especially from off-site.
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    Return on Investment

    VMware

    • Users using a VM often don't need something as "fancy" as VMware Fusion, and instead can use a free option like Virtual Box, so we waste money on using an extra amount of VMware Fusion licenses.
    • Developers using and IT admins using VMware Fusion for testing saves us time and money. Simply, we know mistakes would take time and money to fix, but VMware is powerful, allows for proper and fast testing.
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    VMware

    • Saved money on PC purchases.
    • Save a lot of man hours by not having to image new PCs. We just create one Template VM and clone the others from that.
    • Bit of a learning curve to get the deployment right for the environment.
    • Ability to make sure VMs always turn back on once they are shutdown. This speeds up load times for users.
    • Less management for our PCs. If one gets a virus or something corrupts we just refresh it and within 5 minutes the user is back to work.
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