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Licensing and hardware outsourcing is expensive, but can be cost-effective in the three to five-year range.

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Top Answer: It's a mature product - it works well and is supported well. Having all our desktops and data in one place - data center - makes life so much simplier.
Top Answer: The initial startup costs for this solution are relatively high. Licensing and hardware outsourcing is expensive, but can be cost-effective in the three to five-year range.
Top Answer: Places such as universities are not suitable for this solution. The initial startup costs for this solution are relatively high.
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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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Sample Customers
Amway, Hertz International, Metro Health, North Carolina State University, Ottawa International Airport, Revlon, and Whirlpool.Akademiska Hus
Top Industries
Healthcare Company15%
Cloud Provider8%
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider14%
K 12 Educational Company Or School6%
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VMware Horizon View is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop with 4 reviews while VMware Player is ranked 12th in Virtual Desktop. VMware Horizon View is rated 8.6, while VMware Player is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of VMware Horizon View writes "User friendly with good documentation and easy to configure". On the other hand, VMware Horizon View is most compared with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops , Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion and NComputing vSpace, whereas VMware Player is most compared with Parallels Desktop, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, VMware Workstation, NComputing vSpace and Userful.

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