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Pros
"The whole point of it is to run Windows VMs on a Mac. This is the most valuable feature. There is snapshotting, but we don't really use that. The Pro version allows me to actually attach to the Windows ESXi infrastructure at the backend, and I'm able to create a session that I can attach to the VMware hooks at the backend, so one is running a VM, and the whole operating system is running on the actual Mac. The other one is literally a frontend to the VMs that are running in the infrastructure at the backend. These are the two main features I use."

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"Managing all operating systems in a single environment helped a lot in organizing and integrating it.""It has improved our business because now we can run applications and it's easier for our students to do their exams.""The solution is very user friendly.""Great sorting feature to create UI on demand.""The most valuable features are Instant Clones and AppStacks.""The most valuable features are that it is easy to use and easy to manage.""It is easy to maintain.""The embedded features of the solution are valuable."

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"The way they handle snapshotting can be improved. One time, I moved a machine from one to another, and I tried to pull it up on the second machine, but it didn't work. This was because I had not cleaned up the snapshot before I deleted it and moved it across. So, when I tried to pull it up, it wouldn't let me bring it up. The backups for the VMs themselves can also be improved. I pretty much have to rely on Windows backups and not something on VMware. That's where it needs improvement. I am able to upload from my Fusion into the ESXi easily. I'm able to spin something up on Fusion and push it into the big arena, but the reverse is not as easy, that is, trying to pull something down from that. I would love to have a functionality where I could pull something from the VMware infrastructure into Fusion, but I'm not sure if I can take something from ESXi and pull it into Fusion."

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"The initial startup costs for this solution are relatively high.""In the next release, the performance, the speed, and the price need to be improved.""The solution is very expensive.""Deployment and configuration could be simplified.""Technical support is only average and can be improved.""In the future, I would like to see better support for application virtualization.""User profiles are something that needs to be improved.""In the area of automation, there are some improvements needed in the solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Starting with version 12, it is now free on a Mac for personal use. Fusion Pro has a cost."

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"Licensing and hardware outsourcing is expensive, but can be cost-effective in the three to five-year range.""This solution is expensive.""This solution is expensive. A lot of companies in Mexico find that the price is too high."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The whole point of it is to run Windows VMs on a Mac. This is the most valuable feature. There is snapshotting, but we don't really use that. The Pro version allows me to actually attach to the… more »
Top Answer: Starting with version 12, it is now free on a Mac for personal use. Fusion Pro has a cost.
Top Answer: The way they handle snapshotting can be improved. One time, I moved a machine from one to another, and I tried to pull it up on the second machine, but it didn't work. This was because I had not… more »
Top Answer: Great for desktop management, particularly when it comes to all the upgrades.
Top Answer: The product requires a Microsoft license for the operating system, which is standard. If you want support and upgrades, you pay for that.
Top Answer: I believe documentation could be improved. There's a product in the solution called DEM, which is for screening applications or importing settings into a particular app. In VDI machines your profile's… more »
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Overview
VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor for Macintosh computers. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on virtual machines, along with their Mac OS X operating system using a combination of paravirtualization, hardware virtualization and dynamic recompilation.

VMware Horizon View, previously known as VMware View, is a virtual desktop infrastructure solution that provides users with virtual and mobile desktop management, flexible access, an optimal end-user experience and cloud computing. Horizon View also provides increased control and security of the desktop environment.

End-users get to be more productive and enjoy the flexibility of accessing their desktop environments from many locations and devices, while IT remains in control of policies and security.

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Amway, Hertz International, Metro Health, North Carolina State University, Ottawa International Airport, Revlon, and Whirlpool.
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company20%
Educational Organization8%
Government7%
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University13%
Government13%
Healthcare Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise39%
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VMware Fusion is ranked 8th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 1 review while VMware Horizon View is ranked 3rd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 13 reviews. VMware Fusion is rated 8.0, while VMware Horizon View is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of VMware Fusion writes "Rock solid, more flexible than other solutions, and good support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Horizon View writes "Stable, with a straightforward setup, but could offer better pricing". VMware Fusion is most compared with VMware Player, VMware Horizon 7, VMware Workstation, Parallels Desktop and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, whereas VMware Horizon View is most compared with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Workstation, VMware Horizon 7 and VMware Player.

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