We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Simplicity of the interface is a valuable feature."
"Its price and ease of use are the most valuable. It is simple and has good performance."
"VMware Horizon 7 has its proprietary Elastic streaming protocol, which is very good for delivering VDI."
"VMware is a hyper-converged infrastructure model. Therefore, for scaling it you just add more servers to it in the inputs. It's rather straightforward."
"It is stable and easily scalable."
"It is a stable solution. It is wonderful for multi-user environments, and it supports different virtual machines and operating systems. You can go for any kind of virtual machine. It has many features, especially for a call center. You don't have the issue of computers going down from time to time. You just need to copy the virtual machine to deploy it. You also don't need many people to maintain computers. With Horizon 7, you just need one or two people."
"The benefits of this solution are that it is modern and it works perfectly well with the rest of the VMware environments we have. Having this vertical integration is what matters to us as an organization and this solution excels in this area. You deploy it and it works without much hassle."
"We like that VMware is the top competitor in virtualization."
"The most valuable features are the ability to manage a great number of desktops at once and the remote access for users who are working from outside of the office or from a different office in the country."
"One of the most interesting features in the enterprise version is the ability to do some support. There is a feature for remote control and debugging, which is something we didn't have before having Horizon 7 and the enterprise version."
"If the solution crashes, then all the customers connected through that agent, lose their session."
"Generally, it is a very good solution. The main thing that I would improve is their presence here in Mexico. They don't have strong local support here in Mexico. They should have a worldwide presence so that we don't have to do everything through the people in the US. The initial setup was a little bit complex because we were migrating from Citrix. For customers who are migrating from another platform like VMware or Citrix, it would be great if they can provide an automated migration solution."
"I would like to see seamless integration with the cloud because right now, the dependency is on the cloud providers."
"I would love to see so they can actually allow the use of Linux, from a hosting environment as well as from a VDI client environment."
"The remote connection, bandwidth usage, and error connection can be improved. Working with the load balancer sites should also be improved. For example, with Horizon, we can use two clients with a one megabit connection, but with Citrix, we can use four or five clients with the same bandwidth through ICA protocol. VMware must improve remote connection, connection stability, and load balancing."
"It is a little bit complex. You need a little bit of experience with ESXi installation and VMware before using this solution. You cannot directly jump to this solution. It also requires training. After you get trained, you can do anything with Horizon 7. In terms of features, it has been sufficient for my needs, but it can always have more features. They can maybe merge the servers. They can give the Horizon 7 server in one package with ESXi."
"The multimedia playback is not very good and they could improve it by increasing the quality."
"There are some issues with RAM in the system."
"The remote application features have some room for improvement."
"The most important feature that is missing is the ability to do some remote support on the client itself. For example, if somebody has a Horizon client installed on his machine, there should be a way to support his local machine as well. That's because most of the problems can't be solved very often due to the computer or the setup that someone is using on his personal machine. Because a Horizon client is already installed on the machine to access the environment, it would be nice if the client itself possessed some sort of remote control tool in it so that if needed, we could support both the virtual setup and the actual setup of the machine. It pretty much does everything well. It is mostly the support aspect that can be improved. You have perfect control over your in-house environment. You have a solution that can pretty much be used anywhere, but you have no control over the machine that's being used to access your environment. Definitely, that's where most of the features are lacking. There should be an option for remote control and maybe some options for conformity."
"It is very affordable."
"Its cost is fair. You can go for a free trial, but for initializing a project, you need to purchase a license. There are different types of licenses."
"There are different editions available at different cost points."
"I don't know about the price. I know there are different tiers with the license, but I'm not sure exactly what it costs anymore."
"It is hard to know for sure. It is definitely in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. It is quite expensive, but you do save money on desktop power, desktop upgrades, etc. You're able to extend the useful life of your previous desktops. Previously, we used to change desktops regularly, and now we just change them when they break."
Horizon 7 allows IT to deliver virtual or RDSH published desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. These desktop and application services— including RDS hosted apps, packaged apps with VMware ThinApp, SaaS apps, and even virtualized apps from Citrix—can all be accessed from one unified workspace to provide end users with all of the resources they want, at the speed they expect, with the efficiency business demands.
Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is ranked 7th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 2 reviews while VMware Horizon 7 is ranked 5th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 8 reviews. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is rated 10.0, while VMware Horizon 7 is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) writes "An excellent, simple interface for our customers; allows use of any browser on any platform". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Horizon 7 writes "Makes it simpler and faster to deploy new versions and updates and enables us to provide support with the remote control feature". Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is most compared with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, NVIDIA GRID, VMware Horizon View and VMware ThinApp, whereas VMware Horizon 7 is most compared with VMware Workspace ONE, VMware Horizon View, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, VMware Horizon Cloud and VMware Fusion. See our Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) vs. VMware Horizon 7 report.
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