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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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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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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.

VMware Player, or VMware Player Plus, is described by VMware as the easiest way to run a virtual machine on Windows or Linux PCs in a commercial environment. If you want to deliver a managed desktop to your employees, customers, students, contractors, or partners, then this virtual desktop solution is the way to go.

VMware Player provides the most advanced virtualization platform available, which is capable of supporting even extremely demanding applications. Even though the platform is so advanced, the user interface is simple and easy-to-use.

There is seamless integration with Windows XP and Windows XP applications even if the machine itself is a Windows 7 PC, a Windows 8 PC, or even Linux-based. It also gives your IT person the capability of restricting the virtual machines by requiring runtime passwords, adding an expiration date, blocking USB devices, or encrypting the machines. By using VMware vCenter Converter, VMware Player can even convert old machines into virtual machines without you needing to re-configure or re-install any applications.

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Amway, Hertz International, Metro Health, North Carolina State University, Ottawa International Airport, Revlon, and Whirlpool.
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Top Industries
Healthcare Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider22%
Manufacturing Company6%
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company23%
Financial Services Firm5%
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Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise39%
Small Business57%
Midsize Enterprise43%
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VMware Horizon View is ranked 3rd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 13 reviews while VMware Player is ranked 11th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). VMware Horizon View is rated 7.6, while VMware Player is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of VMware Horizon View writes "Stable, with a straightforward setup, but could offer better pricing". On the other hand, VMware Horizon View is most compared with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion and VMware Workspace ONE, whereas VMware Player is most compared with VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, Parallels Desktop, VMware Horizon 7 and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services.

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