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Score 8.6 out of 100

VMware Horizon

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Likelihood to Recommend

VMware Fusion

VMWare Fusion is perfectly suited for an application developer because it allows the dev to create cross-platform applications across the entire spectrum of operating systems without changing devices. An example of where it is less appropriate would be an environment where users are not required or have no need, to use multiple operating systems.
Michael Timms | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

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.
Josh kimball | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

VMware Fusion
7.4
VMware Horizon
Screen sharing
VMware Fusion
7.9
VMware Horizon
File transfer
VMware Fusion
8.2
VMware Horizon
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
VMware Fusion
5.3
VMware Horizon
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
VMware Fusion
7.7
VMware Horizon
Over-the-Internet remote session
VMware Fusion
5.2
VMware Horizon
Initiate remote control from mobile
VMware Fusion
4.1
VMware Horizon
Remote management of servers & workstations
VMware Fusion
9.0
VMware Horizon
Remote Active Directory® management
VMware Fusion
7.2
VMware Horizon
Centralized management dashboard
VMware Fusion
8.5
VMware Horizon
Session record
VMware Fusion
5.0
VMware Horizon
Annotations
VMware Fusion
9.5
VMware Horizon
Monitoring and Alerts
VMware Fusion
8.8
VMware Horizon
Multi-platform remote control
VMware Fusion
10.0
VMware Horizon

Pros

VMware Fusion

  • Getting around the settings of VMware Fusion is very intuitive, I've never had trouble finding or tweaking a setting (hard disk increase for example).
  • Creating and restoring Snapshots is very easy and useful.
  • Installing and pulling in a previously created VM is very simple.
Fatima T | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

VMware Fusion

  • 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.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We are committed to VMware Horizon and we plan to stick with it for the future unless something drastically changes.
Dan Reynolds | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 9.0
Based on 3 answers
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.
Josh kimball | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 9.8
Based on 6 answers
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.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 7.7
Based on 10 answers
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).
Gabriel Krahn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 10.0
Based on 1 answer
This is a workstation application and no install insights are needed.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

VMware Fusion

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

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.
Ho'omana Nathan Horton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

VMware Fusion

  • Being less expensive than the competition, it has enabled us to deploy more computers for our students
  • It has reduced the effort to manage and update that our IT staff have to exert to keep the systems up-to-date
  • It has provided our students with a great learning environment that is flexible and allows for fine control of resource utilization
Stefan Semo | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

  • 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.
Adam Borecki | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

VMware Fusion
8.9
VMware Horizon
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

VMware Fusion
10.0
VMware Horizon
10.0

Usability

VMware Fusion
10.0
VMware Horizon
9.0

Performance

VMware Fusion
VMware Horizon
9.3

Support Rating

VMware Fusion
9.8
VMware Horizon
7.7

Implementation Rating

VMware Fusion
10.0
VMware Horizon

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