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Pros
"Its advanced management features are the most valuable, especially power management. One of the really important things was to be able to have power management in a consumption world. This means that unlike a Microsoft environment, you could actually turn off virtual desktops or have them start up and shut down. If you're consuming resources in the public cloud, you want to be able to do that because when you're not using those, such as at the weekend, you want to be able to turn them off. So, the advanced options for managing the BDIs are very important.""The most valuable feature of VMware Horizon Cloud is the ability to manage a great number of desktops at once and the remote access for users that are working from outside of the office or from different offices in the country.""I honestly liked the application itself because it was just like using a desktop. You could copy and paste, inside and outside, and you could use multiple monitors. You could access it anytime, anywhere, no matter whether you were in the office or out of the office. I could leave the office, go somewhere, go back in, and everything would be there. I could just leave it up and running. I absolutely love this feature in VMware Horizon Cloud."

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"Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice.""I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use.""Great at solving connection problems.""Technical support is very good."

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Cons
"It is very expensive. Its price needs to be improved. They can do a better job with external resources such as a USB or a hard drive. When I tried to connect using these external resources, it failed a lot of times. I had to do a shared connection with a local laptop and then connect from a network standpoint, rather than through VMware Horizon point. They definitely have weaknesses with external connections. A lot of companies probably don't let people use external connections because it defeats the purpose of having a cloud solution and keeping the data in a secure area. You can copy to an external device, and you can lose the data. A lot of companies may not focus on this feature, but if you are providing it, you should make it work.""There should be more emphasis on the Workspace One access part of the solution. This is essentially identity management provided with Horizon. There needs to be some kind of integration because you are able to have all of these desktops on any device, but you have to have this other component to make it easier from a single sign-on perspective. That's why there should be an emphasis on Workspace One access. It actually comes free with the product, but people don't really know how powerful it can be.""The application remoting features have some room for improvement."

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"Performance could be improved, it's somewhat clunky.""Lacks the ability to clone onto another system rather than starting from scratch.""The price should be reduced.""I would want to see features included that make deployment easier."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"It is too expensive as compared to other solutions because of which we don't use it that much. We tend to go more for Hyper-V or Azure just because VMware licensing is quite up there. We sway people away from VMware Horizon Cloud. We have some clients who already have it. They stay on it for a little while, and then most of them end up moving off when we provide them a better solution that isn't as license heavy cost-wise.""There is a license required for the use of this solution and there are different tier levels available.""For what you get, it is very compelling. You've got to look at the total cost of ownership of this type of piece of software in terms of being able to utilize it as a cloud service. I don't have to run everything on-premises. When you look at the total cost of just being able to use it and then being able to point it to any public or private cloud, it is very compelling. You have one less thing to manage."

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"Licensing costs are paid on a yearly basis."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Its advanced management features are the most valuable, especially power management. One of the really important things was to be able to have power management in a consumption world. This means that… more »
Top Answer: For what you get, it is very compelling. You've got to look at the total cost of ownership of this type of piece of software in terms of being able to utilize it as a cloud service. I don't have to… more »
Top Answer: There should be more emphasis on the Workspace One access part of the solution. This is essentially identity management provided with Horizon. There needs to be some kind of integration because you… more »
Top Answer: VM Workstation’s setup is so easy, you can use it almost instantly, it works well with Windows and Linux. We like VM Workstation primarily to test environments to determine how well a solution will… more »
Top Answer: Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice.
Top Answer: For our needs, the issue is that there is no way to take an existing system out of the testing environment, clone it with everything that it's currently set up on, and put it into production without… more »
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Overview

The VMware Horizon Cloud Service delivers feature-rich virtual desktops and applications using a purpose-built cloud platform that is scalable across multiple deployment options, including fully managed infrastructure from VMware, public cloud infrastructure from Microsoft Azure, or on-premises hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). The service supports a cloud-scale architecture that makes it easy to deliver virtualized Windows desktops and applications to any device, anytime. And, with a flexible subscription model and turnkey solutions, organizations can easily get up and running and scale quickly.

VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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Sample Customers
Marriott, Sprint
Akademiska Hus
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise45%
Find out what your peers are saying about VMware Horizon Cloud vs. VMware Workstation and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,305 professionals have used our research since 2012.

VMware Horizon Cloud is ranked 9th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 3 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 4 reviews. VMware Horizon Cloud is rated 8.4, while VMware Workstation is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of VMware Horizon Cloud writes "Just like using a desktop and makes it easier to bring everything up, but very expensive". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "Excellent for testing and provides insight without having to purchase licenses". VMware Horizon Cloud is most compared with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Citrix Workspace, VMware Horizon 7, Oracle VDI and Sangfor aDesk VDI, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon View, Hyper-V, KVM and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. See our VMware Horizon Cloud vs. VMware Workstation report.

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