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IT Consultant with 51-200 employees
Jan 14 2016

What do you think of VMware Horizon View?

What is most valuable?

Horizon-linked clone desktops App Volumes UEM

How has it helped my organization?

With Horizon view, it requires less administration from us and it provides much more flexibility for our users.

What needs improvement?

Integration of app volumes with Horizon View and integration of App Volumes with UEM would be nice additions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for three years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

App volumes introduces longer login times, printer mapping issues (print spooler crashes), and short cut configuration timing issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We didn't encounter any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We didn't…
Vendor
Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 09 2015

What do you think of VMware Horizon View?

Valuable Features:

The ability to spin up desktops as quickly as possible. You just build one image and then set multiple images and be ready quickly.

Improvements to My Organization:

If you have a training session, you can spin up more very quickly, which helps in the training ability for end-users.

Room for Improvement:

I wish there were more standardized instructions and rules. There are too many gotchas.

Stability Issues:

We're moving to 6.1 from 5.x, so far it's been good. An older version was unstable, but that was before I got there.

Scalability Issues:

There's some little gotchas with moving some up, and you can only have so many VMs, so it does have limitations.

Initial Setup:

It’s a little advanced because more gotchas (certificates, different…
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Senior Systems Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 09 2015

What is most valuable?

* The concurrent user license model, which allows our students to use it without being named users. * The security server that allows them to remotely access their virtual desktops without VPN access. * Non-persistent/link clones are important because students login/logoff, and virtual desktops are… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In the past, students had to physically go to labs to access software, but now they can access them from any device anywhere, and don’t have to login via VPN because of the security server part of Horizon.

What needs improvement?

View Persona, it’s been pushed to the wayside because they acquired UEM, and I’d prefer to use it, but have no budget for it. View Persona has less features than UEM, and it doesn’t seem updated, which makes a difference for standard edition users.

What other advice do I have?

It loses points becuase I can’t take advantage of enterprise stuff. You should do a POC to make sure it fits the use case, three to four month period, and make sure you involve your networking team.
Vendor
IT Site Support IV at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 09 2015

What is most valuable?

* Control * Consolidated way of doing updates * Security

How has it helped my organization?

We had to deal with re-imaging hard drives and managing PCs, so having images and desktops to deploy wherever people are without the hardware was really helpful.

What needs improvement?

I think that simplifying cross-platform use on different devices could be better. Different client versions sometimes don’t work quite as well.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Nope – we went from straight desktops to virtualization.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

When choosing VMware, we looked at the cost, and value. If they meet what we need, support is important as well. You should get a demo version and try it – see what it actually does before you buy it. I'd rather see it kick the tires than… more»
Vendor
IT Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 09 2015

What is most valuable?

It’s easy to maintain with the recompose feature. It makes my job easier, as I can update and break the computers, and then rebuild them immediately.

How has it helped my organization?

It's basically setting up our training computers much more easily than before – once a user finishes, we can rebuild them again, and we don’t have to worry about security or viruses.

What needs improvement?

For what we are using it for, it's been very good. I see a lot of needs, but because our environment is constricted for now it meets our needs. If we can go into a cloud environment, then I see a lot of things I would need.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using Citrix, and Horizon had better features and was easier to adapt. Our Citrix environment was getting old. Also, tech support was a key to change.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We only looked at VMware.
Vendor
Data Processing Manager 2 at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 09 2015

What is most valuable?

The ability to log in from anywhere is huge. Remote access is a third party product, but with them working together, it's is great.

How has it helped my organization?

I would say that it’s a more secure environment for desktops than a physical environment.

What needs improvement?

Right now, we use a third party product to do the VDI administration, which has been fairly good for us. We’re looking for one vendor to be able to manage all aspects of the stack to make it more… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The CIO had a vision and wanted to push toward the anytime anywhere capability for our customers.

What other advice do I have?

We look at a products, the ability to respond quickly and completely are important. I would wait until the whole system matures a little more and comes together as far as where everything is under one… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I wasn’t involved, but I’m sure they looked at Citrix.
Vendor
Process Control Network Manager at Georgia-Pacific LLC
Oct 09 2015

What do you think of VMware Horizon View?

What is most valuable?

Being able to centrally manage our environments from one pane of glass.

How has it helped my organization?

Before we virtualized it was stand alone systems, now I can see all ten sites we manage, and manage the systems. If we need to make changes, we can do it with a snapshot. It's much easier than before, plus we now have visibility into everything going on.

What needs improvement?

One thing is I'd like to be able to see I/O acceleration within VMware instead of having to use a third party, like VMTurbo.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We haven’t had any issues – its worked really well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

With virtual environments, we are highly scalable. Before, when we had a physical…
Vendor
Tech Lab Engineer Analyst at AARP
Oct 09 2015

What is most valuable?

The administrative console – it allows us to do a lot from the back-end where we don’t have to impact the users at all.

How has it helped my organization?

We can spin up a virtual machine real quick for any solutions that any end-user needs. That’s what I really like.

What needs improvement?

Well, one of the features we would like to have (even though it was released last year), was NSX. We’re providing a web portal services so that we can spin out any servers that they need, so those… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using an HP appliance, and we were trying to get away and use what VMware recommended. Our HP appliance was out of warranty and old, and we just needed o upgrade.

What other advice do I have?

We would have to be completely VMware, i.e every product we have from VMware to have it working perfectly. However, it is great for us right now though.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Dependability, stability, and ease of use are what we look for. We looked at Citrix and Microsoft, we went with VMware as we had been using VMWare for the last ten years in our tech lab, so it was… more»
Vendor
System Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 10 2015

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is virtual machine provisioning.

How has it helped my organization?

We used to have desktops in our class rooms, and now 30% of our classrooms are on VDI. It is very easy to manage centrally and complaints about PCs in classrooms are less… more»

What needs improvement?

The pools and virtual machine management console should be improved, as there is no way to group PCs in different pools, etc.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing is high as VMware costs are always high.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No previous solution was in place.

What other advice do I have?

It is a good solution, it is stable.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other options were evaluated.
Vendor
System Administrator at a cloud provider with 51-200 employees
Mar 24 2015

What is most valuable?

Features like LinkedClone, Desktop Pool with many delivery options and one single pane of glass to rule all desktop environments can simplify VDI management and reduce… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In my low use-case, Horizon VDI is showing the agility to provide employees using many devices such as a tablet, PC and Mac, with portability but still stay within an… more»

What needs improvement?

I think that providing the solution for Linux desktops could be a real improvement as this would deliver desktops for operations and administrative operators without huge… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing costs are important and physical infrastructure could not be shared between classic server virtual datacenter and a Horizon environment. In my case the use of… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, I used Microsoft Terminal server (from Windows Server 2003 and 2008). I suggest deploying this solution to a few remote desktops, but still keep a VDI solution… more»

What other advice do I have?

In my opinion, this product should be the first environment that an enterprise company must consider. This product is a potential first player providing a top enterprise… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we also looked at Windows Terminal Server.
Consultant
Virtualization Counsultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 22 2013

What do you think of VMware Horizon View?

It is best way to provide our user with vmware horizon service because it minimum workload and give us powerful way to customize our app and desktop for users with minimum time to repair or prepare them.
Vendor
Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 06 2013

What do you think of VMware Horizon View?

VMware released the Feature Pack 1 for VMware Horizon View 5.2 a week or so after the standard release. The feature pack comes with the HTML5 Access (Blast Protocol) and Unity Touch. The new HTML5 client for VMware Horizon View 5.2 is something I was looking forward to trying out. Is it a pain to use a full client' No, but having the flexibility to roam around to different devices and not need to install an application is a nice mobility feature. Protocol WarsThe HTML5 client doesn’t use PCoIP, and instead uses VMware’s own Blast protocol. Using a different procol piques my interest because VMware does not own PCoIP, which is a Teradici product. Could VMware buy Teradici' They certainly could, but they haven’t in the past so it seems unlikely they ever will. The talking point response here…
Vendor
Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 03 2013

What do you think of VMware Horizon View?

View allows for the creation of linked clone VM pools and allows for easy administration of those pools. The automated tasks allow administrators to provision, refresh pools during off hours to keep the pools clean. View administrator is an easy tool to configure the servers in the environmnet. The ability to assign thin apps to a VM or pools of VMs in vmware view is an easy way to deploy applications to users.
Vendor
Infrastructure Expert at a transportation company with 51-200 employees
Jan 09 2013

What do you think of VMware Horizon View?

Valuable Features:

• Central Management • VMware vShield Endpoint • PCOIP (PC Over IP) Protocol • Linked Clones & ThinApps • Local Mode • VMware Knowledge

Room for Improvement:

• Expensive / ROI • DR • 3D and graphics performance • Required some VMware skills

Other Advice:

Who can benefit from it? • Organizations who buy lots of desktops / laptops • Call Centers • Military • High Security Profile Organizations • Many more…
Vendor
Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 01 2012

What is most valuable?

View not only makes desktop management, storage, and provisioning easier, but also reduces the cost of management as well as automation of routine and storage duties performed by administrators.View easily allows for recovery of desktop systems in case of a disaster and enables end users to print universally using thin print, connect over the internet, and even create virtual desktop systems… more»

What needs improvement?

I had a few challenges when using VMware's View that included support for desktops that are offline and services at the terminal as well as their management. Fortunately, the later versions of view have addressed these issues. This includes the view 3, 5.0 and 5.1 versions.

What other advice do I have?

View allows for remote desktop access on virtual infrastructure through a hardware device known as thin client and you can also keep your desktop offline and synchronize it again afterwards. View has many components that allow for these capabilities and includes Storage Accelerator, which ensures that virtualized shared storage capacities are optimized; USB connectivity that is upgraded improves… more»

What is VMware Horizon View?

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.

Also known as
Horizon View
VMware Horizon View customers

Amway, Hertz International, Metro Health, North Carolina State University, Ottawa International Airport, Revlon, and Whirlpool.

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