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Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon Cloud
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon Cloud and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"Good screen draw feature and ability to use two monitors.""The performance is one of the main features of this solution.""The most valuable features of the solution are ease of use and the simple environment.""Installing Microsoft Desktop Services is straightforward.""The installation is straightforward.""The performance meets our requirements and the stability is good.""The technical support is good.""You can scale the product."

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"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.""VMware Horizon Cloud is easy to use and the full development cloud is very good. The main features of VMware are included. It's a cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure software that allows you to permit the virtual desktops and applications to any device from the single unified management control. These are managed from the dedicated remote session desktop.""The interface is much easier to use compared to Microsoft and other VDI vendors that are well known on the market. I like VMware so much more than the others. With Horizon Cloud, you don't need to spend a lot of money upfront to buy the infrastructure. You can use it the on the cloud, so it lowers the barriers to entry. It's easier to test it and get started. Some clients stay in the cloud, but others prefer to go on-premise. It depends on the nature of the client.""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.""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."

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Cons
"I would like to be able to access the remote desktop using a web-based interface, rather than having to use the client.""I would say it's expensive as there similar products available for free.""The training profiles could be better.""There could be some improvement in the integration of the solution.""From the perspective of an IT professional, Microsoft Remote Desktop is very easy to use. However, it could be made easier to use for the end user, especially when it comes to activating it.""Microsoft Remote Desktop Services could improve by having graphical acceleration.""Lacks a notification feature when internet is down.""It could be made simpler from a management perspective."

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"In the design phase, sometimes the tools for designing Horizon solutions have issues when they're calculating the number of nodes and platforms needed to support the VDI systems.""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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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Although not an expensive product, pricing is always something that can be improved."
  • "It's not an expensive solution."
  • "It's not an expensive product."
  • "Its licensing is on a yearly basis. We're on the educational or academic license, and our terms are good. We're very happy with the pricing."
  • "The pricing could always be improved."
  • "The solution is overly expensive."
  • "The solution comes free with Microsoft Windows."
  • "The price of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is reasonable."
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  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "There is a license required for the use of this solution and there are different tier levels available."
  • "VMware Horizon Cloud is a low-cost solution. The model that they have is consumption-based. However, some features are expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The price of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is reasonable.
    Top Answer:We've had issues with security breaches. The main problem is that if we are using this with the individual computer and using a remote desktop, there are some loopholes there. When I implemented this… more »
    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 »
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    Also Known As
    Remote Desktop Services, MS Remote Desktop Services
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    Overview
    Remote Desktop Services is a server role in Windows Server that provides technologies that enable users to access session-based desktops, virtual machine-based desktops, or applications in the data center from both within a corporate network and from the Internet. Remote Desktop Services enables a rich-fidelity desktop or application experience, and helps to securely connect remote users from managed or unmanaged devices.

    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.

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    Sample Customers
    Bank Alfalah Ltd.
    Marriott, Sprint
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm18%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Government9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise39%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon Cloud
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon Cloud and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,518 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 21 reviews while VMware Horizon Cloud is ranked 9th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 5 reviews. Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is rated 8.0, while VMware Horizon Cloud is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services writes "Easy to set up and reliable, but needs an additional control panel". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Horizon Cloud writes "Just like using a desktop and makes it easier to bring everything up, but very expensive". Microsoft Remote Desktop Services is most compared with TeamViewer, Parallels Access, VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon 7 and VMware Workstation, whereas VMware Horizon Cloud is most compared with Citrix Workspace, VMware Horizon 7, Oracle VDI, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and VMware Horizon View. See our Microsoft Remote Desktop Services vs. VMware Horizon Cloud report.

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