VMware Horizon 7 Overview

VMware Horizon 7 is the #8 ranked solution in our list of top Virtual Desktop tools. It is most often compared to VMware Workspace ONE: VMware Horizon 7 vs VMware Workspace ONE

What is VMware Horizon 7?

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.

VMware Horizon 7 Buyer's Guide

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about VMware Horizon 7 pricing:
  • "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."

VMware Horizon 7 Reviews

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reviewer1384851
Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Nov 24, 2020
An easy initial setup with a good unified gateway and very good technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

We aren't on the latest version of the solution. We're at minus one right now. The final upgrade has not been done due to the pandemic situation. In our kind of environment, it's just more of a media use case, so we used it and it made sense. If you have variable workloads, not a uniform workload, then it might not go under the licensing for just VDIs, asVDIs specifically cover your operating system instances as well as uniform with the VDI clients. If it is a uniform VDI client, such as all Windows 10 systems for users to log in, like on host environment, or it's all a server farm, etc., for…
reviewer1455177
Datacenter Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Nov 28, 2020
It is stable and easily scalable, but remote connection and load balancing should be better

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for virtual desktop infrastructure and remote desktop connections on client sites with 18 clients or end-user devices.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is stable and easily scalable."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

I would rate VMware Horizon 7 a seven out of ten. If it becomes stronger like the Citrix ICA protocol, it would easily be a ten.
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Omar Al-Qaysie
Senior Chief Engineer at ministry of electricity
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jan 18, 2021
Stable, fair cost, and supports multi-user environments and all kinds of virtual machines and operating systems

What is our primary use case?

We used this solution for a complaint management and support system. The project was a combination of Horizon 7, VMware, Oracle Database, Apex, and GlassFish. Most of them were deployed on Linux or Windows, and we implemented a center to manage the VMware cluster. The main software, based on Oracle Database, gave the operator a terminal and different kinds of forms for entering the data that they got from the customers. The virtual machines were based on Horizon 7. We completed this project in 2018, and it is still working.

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

You should know why you need this solution. Before working with Horizon 7, you should have at least three to six months of experience with VMware and ESXi. You also need to get well trained in Horizon 7. I would rate VMware Horizon 7 an eight out of ten. It is a stable and feature-rich solution at a fair price.
reviewer1446579
Manager - Technical Services at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Nov 15, 2020
Handles graphic-intensive applications well, and it's easy to scale

Pros and Cons

  • "VMware Horizon 7 has its proprietary Elastic streaming protocol, which is very good for delivering VDI."
  • "I would like to see seamless integration with the cloud because right now, the dependency is on the cloud providers."

What other advice do I have?

They have both options of deployment models. If it is on-premises, it's as per their proprietary prerequisite. With the cloud, they have AWS and Microsoft Azure. I would recommend VMware Horizon 7 if the customer already has the VMware virtualized environment in place. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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