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Likelihood to Recommend

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

VMware Workstation Pro

When you use the vSphere client to open a remote console you have what appears to be a slimmed-down version of Workstation. The full version can be used in that same role, but instead of going to vSphere first you can directly get to your VM tree through Workstation. This makes it quick to move from VM to VM. Sandboxing is where Workstation is especially well suited. You can run test apps, difficult apps, and deprecated apps/OSs in a sideways fashion that is not dangerous to your production environment. If you're not a VMware shop, this product could be used but would be less appropriate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

VMware Horizon
VMware Workstation Pro
8.5
Virtual machine automated provisioning
VMware Horizon
VMware Workstation Pro
7.7
Management console
VMware Horizon
VMware Workstation Pro
9.2
Live virtual machine backup
VMware Horizon
VMware Workstation Pro
8.9
Live virtual machine migration
VMware Horizon
VMware Workstation Pro
9.0
Hypervisor-level security
VMware Horizon
VMware Workstation Pro
7.6

Pros

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

VMware Workstation Pro

  • Not HTML based - Web applications are not always the best method to access VM's
  • Isolation - VM's can be pulled off production networks for testing in a safe environment
  • Operability - The interface mirrors the HTML format giving the user all of the features necessary to modify, access and manage VM's
Nick Darnell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

VMware Workstation Pro

  • At the moment, it's incompatible with Microsoft's HyperVM, which is used in Docker and the Linux Subsystem on Windows 2 (WSL 2).
  • VMware shared files sometimes stop working and need to be reset.
  • 3D support is limited to Windows and only certain scenarios.
Vlad VARNA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Workstation Pro 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It's a solid product, and if they make it compatible with HyperVM (WSL, Docker, etc.) it would be great
Vlad VARNA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Workstation Pro 9.0
Based on 1 answer
There are some settings that can only be done by editing the VMX file. However, that is easily done, and you can find examples on the internet easily.
Vlad VARNA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 10.0
Based on 7 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

VMware Workstation Pro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 8.1
Based on 20 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

VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Workstation Pro 6.5
Based on 6 answers
I haven't had to call VMware Workstation support. The majority of the time, whenever I have a problem, I can perform an online search and find the answers I need. Online forums and users with similar situations are generally sufficient to answer any questions I have had, though, from previous experience at another company, their support is outstanding and responsive to circumstances. However, that is generally for a paid support contract and should be expected when you are paying for that support.
Tyler Twitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

VMware Workstation Pro

I like using VMWare as it is really easy to configure, very much user friendly. I also like to use the additional features it have for migration like import export in different formats, clone of the virtual machine. I really like using VMware Workstation user console and ESXI at my college
Ramandeep Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

VMware Workstation Pro

  • When updating multiple VM's, this is a much quicker option vs trying to either RDP to them or console using Vcenter
  • We are required to run a VM locally for certain tasks, and this has been the most effective way to use it
  • The ability to manage a VM without having to worry about the console freezing up helps with management
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

VMware Horizon

General

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

Starting Price

$0 per year

VMware Horizon Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard$3,116.001
  1. per year
Additional Pricing Details

VMware Workstation Pro

General

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

Starting Price

VMware Workstation Pro Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

VMware Horizon
8.5
VMware Workstation Pro
9.6

Likelihood to Renew

VMware Horizon
10.0
VMware Workstation Pro
9.0

Usability

VMware Horizon
9.0
VMware Workstation Pro
9.0

Reliability and Availability

VMware Horizon
10.0
VMware Workstation Pro

Performance

VMware Horizon
10.0
VMware Workstation Pro

Support Rating

VMware Horizon
8.1
VMware Workstation Pro
6.5

Scalability

VMware Horizon
10.0
VMware Workstation Pro

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