VMware Horizon

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A real business gamechanger

8
Desktop virtualization has changed the way we work and even the way we think about working. VMware Horizon has been the tool we've used to …

Brief Overview of Horizon

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VMware Horizon is used in a few ways: (a) to provide access to training environments (b) to provide workstation access to external …

Virtual Success!!!!

10
We are currently using VMWare Horizon View for approximately 200+ users in multiple departments. This has allowed us to control relevant …

VMware Horizon View Review

9
VMware Horizon View is being used by every employee in our operations department. We have also deployed it for parts of sales and product …

Horizon View -- Pricey but worth it.

9
We are currently using this in combination with a Single Sign-On solution to present our EMR to our users, and we are also using it to …
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VMware Horizon Enables Workforce Mobility

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We utilize it to bring remote user desktop applications closer to the source data in the data center, as well as a standard platform for …
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Standard

$3,116.00

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per year

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  • No setup fee

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  • 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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Deployment TypesSaaS
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What is VMware Horizon?

VMware Horizon is desktop virtualization software, from VMware.

What is VMware Horizon's best feature?

Reviewers rate Performance highest, with a score of 10.

Who uses VMware Horizon?

The most common users of VMware Horizon are from Enterprises and the Unknown industry.

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M. Randy Harris, Jr. | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware Horizon is well suited for both private, public, and hybrid cloud environments due to the fact the same tool is used across all three platforms, and the behavior across all three platforms is the same. It provides significant value in allowing for the management of virtual machines and virtual pools with a smaller staff.
Score 8 out of 10
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It is a robust solution with many functionalities, depending on the complexity of the company's environment, several versions of the software can be adapted, the price is not cheap since there are other cheaper solutions that allow virtualization of desktops, sales by subscription helps to solve the price. For a correct implementation, several virtual machines with sufficient hardware resources are required. An important point to consider is Microsoft's licensing, which initially makes a solution more expensive.
Score 8 out of 10
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Setting up remoting software to get into the specific company in which we support. It works a lot like a VPN, but it definitely has room to improve. There's nothing special that helps my job, it's a separate desktop that houses programs for me to remote into other computers and Linux systems.
Josh Justic | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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[VMware Horizon (formerly VMware View) is] well suited for remote workers that can use any device to access their virtual desktops.
September 04, 2020

VMware Horizon Review

Score 8 out of 10
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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.
Tim Enders | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Horizon is fantastic as a way to provide secure access to and control of sensitive data. You can deliver an application that is run on a server in your data center which you have full control over—all data and processing resides there and the user can access it securely from anywhere in the world. It's also fantastic as a replacement for more traditional VPN style remote access because it doesn't require you to trust the user's endpoint in the same way since you're not admitting any additional devices to your local network.
Gabriel Krahn | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We used VMWare Horizon to connect to a Windows environment set up on the customer side (overseas) by us. In my opinion, Horizon is the best option when you don't want to mess around with physical authentication methods like Smart Cards allied with Citrix or other complicated VPNs. With Horizon you just need to be on the same network as the target machine using any simple VPN (in our case, we use Cisco AnyConnect) and connect with an ID, password, and domain (the domain is set up on the target side).
Stefan Semo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The best scenario for VMware Horizon is in businesses where there is consistency needed for a platform. For example in education, healthcare and government. All these enterprises need a consistent platform and depend on having access to the same applications at the same version and build levels as well as the same databases. They all have cloud-based or datacenter-based resources that can be leveraged to deploy desktop virtualization.
As for less appropriate scenarios, any small organization that does not benefit from centralized resources (servers) would not be able to deploy desktop virtualization without initial investments in the infrastructure that would not be justified.
Ben Moore | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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There are very few scenarios where I would not recommend the use of VMware Horizon. That would be for "road warrior" type users that are commonly working from areas with little or no internet coverage available, as there aren't any good "offline access" solutions currently available.
September 28, 2019

A real business gamechanger

Dan Reynolds | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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You have to look at your user base - what kind of users are they and what do they do? From a very practical standpoint - can you buy PC's and keep these users up to date - does it make any financial sense to remove the hardware? What kind of work do they do? If everybody is editing video then maybe desktop virtualization is not for you. Another consideration - do you need or want your employees to work from home? Will this give you an advantage in attracting talent? Can you reduce your overhead by having a "distributed" workforce? Can your employees work out of rented "co-work" spaces with no dedicated physical presence?
Ho'omana Nathan Horton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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In a situation like ours, where one hosts a server with software and wants to grant access (but not licenses) to others, this is a great solution. It's particularly nice in situations where the users may want to easily work with files on their local machines. It's also a little better in some cases than Microsoft's Remote Desktop because you don't have to worry about giving AD access to certain people. It can be a little clunky, so whenever you use it, it's probably best to give detailed walkthroughs, especially for less proficient computer users.
February 07, 2019

Brief Overview of Horizon

Sam Majam | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Found it great for environments with many external users that need access to corporate environment. It provides great end user computing experience for such users in a secure fashion. Care must be taken, however, in deploying applications as not all applications are suited for virtualized environments.
June 06, 2018

Virtual Success!!!!

Eric Krueger | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMWare Horizon View works great in both an SMB or enterprise setting when configured correctly. From a support standpoint and cost savings it can make an IT department more efficient as well as increase productivity. That being said it needs to be set up well and network infrastructure needs to be taken into account for the number of users running a VDI system.
Brad Daugherty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Simple to install and manage the product.
  • Provides users with a great BYOD option to be able to use the desktop that they would like anywhere and on any device.
  • Great performance.
  • Can reduced overall costs after initial investment in the product and phase out of PC lifecycle.
  • Can reduce support tickets and calls if implemented properly.
Kurt Ferguson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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VMWare Horizon View is really good for companies that invest in the VMWare Horizon environment. This is a fairly substantial investment since you have to have ESXi licenses and VMWare Horizon Server licenses, to have a functional VMWare Horizon environment. It's a fairly big upfront investment, so for very small companies with limited IT budgets, it may be a pretty tall order.

For an organization our size, we have benefited tremendously from using VMWare Horizon for VDI. It saves us quite a bit of money as we expand since we only really need to expand our ESX licensing to accommodate new ESX hosts or adding Horizon Connection/Security servers.

Adam Borecki | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware Horizon View is not appropriate for small deployments. I would not recommend it for anything less than 10 users. Users with big profiles may want to use dedicated desktops instead of non-dedicated desktops as it will help with loading times.

VMware Horizon View is greatly suited for more than 20 PCs that need to be deployed. VMs can be created from a template and built within 5 minutes. Pools can be used to organize your departments as well as meeting rooms. If setting up a floating pool all you need to do is create one master VM and all the others are linked to it. This allows you to only have to update one VM for updates and software. Everything is then pushed to the other linked clones once you refresh the pool.

Shawn Umansky | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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It is a great solution for deploying and managing virtual desktop environments. The challenge is that it has a number of moving parts (i.e., security servers, external connection broker servers, internal connection broker servers, etc.) and when something goes wrong, troubleshooting can be difficult.
Score 9 out of 10
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In our situation, it has worked well for presenting a desktop that users can badge in and out of and launch our EMR, or use the Outlook web app, etc.
On the other hand, we have also used it as complete replacements for peoples' desktops. Several high-level users have made the switch, and they find it to be very convenient and easy to use.
Score 10 out of 10
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I think for a situation where you would need a small number of images for users that need basic things out of their non-persistent linked clone. This becomes more and more difficult when you have a complicated environment when you have people who want one-offs for their machines. Then you are managing a ton of persistent machines which can be fairly difficult but even so when you need a new machine you can always spin a brand new one up quickly. All in all this product is useful from A-Z but when using the non-persistent make sure that your image is a very basic image and won't need a ton of fine-tuning or changes. That's where things get difficult.
Score 8 out of 10
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Remote access enabling workforce mobility is where Horizon really shines. I can leave my session running at the office, then remotely access my machine from any other device at home, or otherwise, and pick up right where I left off without the need to keep my office laptop with me at all times.
Kristofer French | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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VMware Horizon View is well suited for large companies with a wide and diverse user base. We've successfully used Horizon desktops with callcenter representatives, accountants, and even engineers that required high-performance graphics to perform their work (Ex: AutoCAD). Aside from cost, I can see little negatives to the use of VDI. Demand on support and engineering staff is reduced, user concerns are more-quickly addressable, and hardware aging is less of a concern.
O'Brien Merrill, PMP, VCP5-DCV/DT | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Service providers who host and manage a customer's Infrastructure and Active Directory will find VMware Horizon View a very useful means to provide virtual desktops and applications to users. Although the remote apps is not yet as feature rich as its Citrix release counterpart, VMware is catching up quickly with each release. It is also excellent for conditions where high latency or rapidly changing network (WAN) conditions exist since PCoIP protocol adapts well to current network conditions.