VMware Horizon vs. VMware Workstation Pro

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
VMware Horizon
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
VMware Horizon is desktop virtualization software, from VMware.
$3,116
per year
VMware Workstation Pro
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
VMware Workstation Pro is virtualization software which allows running multiple x86-based operating systems on one PC.N/A
Pricing
VMware HorizonVMware Workstation Pro
Editions & Modules
Standard
$3,116.00
per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
VMware HorizonVMware Workstation Pro
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
VMware HorizonVMware Workstation Pro
Considered Both Products
VMware Horizon
Chose VMware Horizon
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VMware Workstation Pro

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
VMware HorizonVMware Workstation Pro
Server Virtualization
Comparison of Server Virtualization features of Product A and Product B
VMware Horizon
-
Ratings
VMware Workstation Pro
8.3
25 Ratings
1% below category average
Virtual machine automated provisioning00 Ratings8.118 Ratings
Management console00 Ratings8.321 Ratings
Live virtual machine backup00 Ratings8.420 Ratings
Live virtual machine migration00 Ratings9.120 Ratings
Hypervisor-level security00 Ratings7.618 Ratings
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VMware HorizonVMware Workstation Pro
Small Businesses
VMware Fusion
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Score 9.2 out of 10
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Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
VMware Fusion
VMware Fusion
Score 9.2 out of 10
vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)
vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)
Score 8.0 out of 10
Enterprises
VMware Fusion
VMware Fusion
Score 9.2 out of 10
vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)
vSphere with Operations Management (discontinued)
Score 8.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
VMware HorizonVMware Workstation Pro
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(34 ratings)
9.1
(26 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(3 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(20 ratings)
7.7
(4 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.7
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
VMware HorizonVMware Workstation Pro
Likelihood to Recommend
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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VMware
Some scenarios where VMware Workstation pro is best suited are: 1. Utilization for testing software - can install a virtual machine to simulate software requirements and testing it on your network. 2. Testing operating systems upgrades and installation on specific hardware requirements. 3. Virtualizing a physical server 4. Being able to backup a whole server and restore from it in the event of any issue occurring.
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Pros
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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VMware
  • It provides a great remote access tool for accessing and managing servers in virtual environment. With the security risks surround remote desktop this provides a good alternative to do the same functions.
  • The app itself is very lightweight and easy to install/maintain.
  • Sandbox testing can be a time consuming thing to setup and do. Workstation makes this easy to create, use, and put away. This make you more willing to put new things in the sandbox and test them before production usage.
  • The cost of workstation is very affordable for the functionality that you get and you can try it for free before you buy it.
  • We use it to run apps that can be difficult to setup or conflict with other apps. We just spin this app VM up run it, and then shut it back down. The startup and shutdown is very quick.
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Cons
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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VMware
  • 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.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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VMware
It's a solid product, and if they make it compatible with HyperVM (WSL, Docker, etc.) it would be great
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Usability
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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VMware
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.
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Performance
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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VMware
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Support Rating
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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VMware
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.
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Alternatives Considered
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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VMware
The best and easy to adjust all the functions for easy production of the appropriate and quality services via the Cloud and the deployment of the product can easily be done with all users even those with little basic knowledge on VMware Workstation Pro similar platforms. With the advanced capabilities for Cloud data protection and monitoring of various companies' operations, the system offers its highest capability.
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Return on Investment
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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VMware
  • 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
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