VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon

Score 8.1 out of 10
VMware Horizon

Overview

What is VMware Horizon?

VMware Horizon is desktop virtualization software, from VMware.
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Standard

$3,116.00

Cloud
per year

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services
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Product Details

What is VMware Horizon?

VMware Horizon is desktop virtualization software, from VMware.

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VMware Horizon Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

VMware Horizon is desktop virtualization software, from VMware.

LISTEQ Cloud Desktop are common alternatives for VMware Horizon.

Reviewers rate Performance highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of VMware Horizon are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Reviews

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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
VMWare Horizon has several advanced features vs other competitors, choosing one option or another depends on the scope of the company's need and the cost of investment. In general, all the solutions of VDI are good and offer a good experience.
September 04, 2020

VMware Horizon Review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
VMware Horizon seems to be more powerful and adaptable to multiple operating systems than the Citrix products I have used. VMware has been simpler to use and has a lot more customization than other of the other similar products I have used. It has solved a lot of the issues I have encountered with the systems put out by Citrix.
Tim Enders | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We evaluated various other products, but as we are already on a VMWare based infrastructure, View just made the most sense for us. It's also feature-rich, and some other alternatives that we considered couldn't deliver certain critical features (such as managing access to applications via AD group membership) that Horizon delivers out of the box.
Gabriel Krahn | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
At least in our company, Citrix only worked allied with a physical authentication token, which was a Smart Card written and provided by the company. The software randomly froze and came back as nothing ever happened and the Citrix support couldn't care less about this. We grew tired of this and switched to Horizon with the customer's agreement.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Citrix vid setup was very difficult and initially hard to set up. I believe this has changed somewhat now, but there are still multiple servers that need to be set up before it can be used. Vmware VDI was fairly easy to set up and was immediately working and up and running, once an image was created and published out. They both have pros and cons. Hype v is cheap and doesn't require all the fancy licensing like the others, but it does require some licensing. For a simple test, it was the easiest to deploy, and we had a VM running off of a single server in less than a day.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have not used any other products similar to View but I have used Citrix for RDS so that users could have a remote profile. This was clunky and became fairly troublesome as the users shared the same server and when one had issues sometimes the whole server had to be rebooted. I definitely prefer VMware over Citrix RDS.
Stefan Semo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Some of the platforms are designed for smaller or standalone environments and do not allow for large-scale centrally controlled deployments. in the case of Citrix, there was better Chrome OS support but the lack of PCoIP UDP optimizations made is slower and less desirable by the test subjects. As an educational institution we also received a better educational discount for WMware Horizon and did not ned to pay upfront, but instead, the monthly pricing model of WMware Horizon allowed us to adjust the costs based on the changing counts of named and concurrent users.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
When we were considering a VDI solution, I reviewed Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop as alternative solutions to Horizon View. It seemed like Horizon View was a more mature solution and had the best integration to our existing Vmware vSphere environment. The systems administration for Horizon View also seemed to be better than what the Xen solution provided.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
There are few competitors, main are:

Citrix Xen Apps and Dekstops
Microsoft Remote Desktop services.

Microsoft is lacking with tools used to automate some processes and monitor the system and is the worst when it comes to GPU based servers and applications as they are not using true GPU device on virtual machines, rather abstracted layer of GPUs that makes lower performance compared to Horizon and Citrix

Citrix is good but has less integration with different services like Ellucian prouducts (that we use) and they hypervisor is not very good tool for sys admins





Ho'omana Nathan Horton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
June 06, 2018

Virtual Success!!!!

Eric Krueger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Citrix did not have the level of Instaclone type feature that VMWare had in its offering. The application layering also was better in our opinion as well as overall support from our vendor. Security was a close call but we found VMWare to be a better fit for our company and its security environment.
Brad Daugherty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
VMware View provides a full suite of products which provide the functionality that many of the competing vendors have gaps in the you have to then use another third party application to get a working solution. With VMware View you have all the tools at your fingertips to be able to provide you end users with the best experience possible under one solution which simplifies deployment and support.
Kurt Ferguson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Citrix XenDesktop is another big player in the VDI market, but the product simply isn't as mature or powerful as Horizon. Xen still struggles with Windows 10, whereas Horizon has accomodated every OS we throw at it with ease. XenDesktop is a great product overall, performance over home internet connections is often lacking, whereas Horizon is much more tolerant of slower connections.
Adam Borecki | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Did not do a full evaluation on Citrix XenDesktop as VMware Horizon View integrates nicely with the VMware vSphere environment that we had currently set up.

We were using PanoLogic for about 6 months before we scrapped it and moved onto VMware Horizon View. Horizon View gave us much more insight into the environment, was simple to use, gave us much more customization over our VMs and also allowed us to automate processes since it was directly tied into vSphere.

Shawn Umansky | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I think the reason VMware Horizon View has done so well is the lack of competition in this area. We have considered the Microsoft equivalent, but are concerned that their support will be worse than VMware (which can be pretty frustrating, to be honest).
Gabriel Duff | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Each has its pros and cons however when properly configured and with a server infustructer to support it correctly vmware horizon view can be a highly scalable , powerful tool in your IT bag of tricks that can offer massive ROI and user satisfaction being able to deploy it almost anywhere.
Kristofer French | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
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.
April 08, 2016

Replace VPN with View

Dan Forlano | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It was our mission to use VMware Horizon View as an alternative solution to a VPN, so it matched up well. We still allow VPN for company laptops, but for all personal (non corporate) devices, VMware Horizon View is our corporate solution. This type of access also removes the risk of our LAN environment being compromised by a virus or malware.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Originally, our organization was using physical desktops at 5 locations, however, there were not enough IT resources to support the entire infrastructure. We then selected VMware Horizon View and purchased Zero-clients for each user to connect to the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). It allowed our IT staff of 3 people to remotely manage and maintain the entire system at one location. For instance, if a VDI got infected by a virus, it only requires less than 30 minutes to provision a new VDI for that particular end-user and bring the system up and running with all of the existing user files, assuming roaming profiles are enabled.
O'Brien Merrill, PMP, VCP5-DCV/DT | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Citrix, DaaS and desktone
Citrix still provides a more robust RDS Application delivery. VMware Horizon View has easily caught up or surpassed Citrix in desktop virtualization and overall feature set.

VMware's Horizon DaaS (not the same underlying architecture yet) is still a better solution for service providers to deliver virtual desktops/apps since VMware Horizon View is not built with multi-tenancy while Horizon DaaS (previously Desktone) was built from the ground up to be a multi-tenant solution.
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