VMware Horizon View vs VMware Player comparison

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We performed a comparison between VMware Horizon View and VMware Player based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed VMware Horizon View vs. VMware Player Report (Updated: November 2022).
656,474 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"The app virtualizing is a great feature.""VMware Horizon View is a stable solution.""Users can log in from anywhere and from a variety of devices.""This product works quickly and is reliable.""The ease of customizing the terminal, including the ability to add or decrease memory.""The solution is secure.""The local hardware pass-throughs are valuable. I like being able to have access to local hardware.""Great for desktop management, particularly when it comes to all the upgrades."

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"VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously.""It's really easy to build testing environments with VMware Player."

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"VMware Horizon View can improve by making it easier to use for first-time users. You should learn the whole concept of VMware to be able to use it.""Lacking in documentation for app settings.""User profiles are something that needs to be improved.""VMware support is okay, but sometimes it's a little bit hit or miss trying to get somebody who knows what they're doing and talking about.""Sometimes, the protocol itself gets a bit laggy. If you have less than optimal switching and routing, it can get kind of laggy.""Horizon View could be more stable.""The initial setup was not difficult but there is room for improvement.""The initial setup is a little complicated."

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"VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround.""The tool has limited scalability."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This solution is expensive. A lot of companies in Mexico find that the price is too high."
  • "There is a monthly subscription for the use of this solution and it is expensive."
  • "Customers pay a licensing fee."
  • "The pricing can be relatively competitive, but sometimes you have to go back to VMware and ask for additional discounts. You can make it competitive If you're prepared to put in the work. The list prices and standard discounts may not be competitive, but if you push hard enough, you can get the price to where you need it to be."
  • "The solution can be costly for customers who do not run mission-critical applications or who have less than 50 users."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The solution includes good user profiles and policies.
    Top Answer:The pricing can be a challenge because certain features are not standard and require a separate license. The solution can be costly for customers who do not run mission-critical applications or who… more »
    Top Answer:Our company uses the solution as a virtual desktop for clients at universities and banks. One customer has more than 200 users who log in from anywhere.
    Top Answer:VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously.
    Top Answer:VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround. It would be an improvement if there were some kind of mixture between the… more »
    Top Answer:I mainly use VMware Player to test things in my home lab.
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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.
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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise11%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Buyer's Guide
    VMware Horizon View vs. VMware Player
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about VMware Horizon View vs. VMware Player and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    656,474 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    VMware Horizon View is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 25 reviews while VMware Player is ranked 10th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 2 reviews. VMware Horizon View is rated 7.8, while VMware Player is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of VMware Horizon View writes "Stable, with a straightforward setup, but could offer better pricing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Player writes "Simple to set up, user-friendly, and makes building test environments easy". VMware Horizon View is most compared with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Fusion, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, VMware Horizon and Sangfor aDesk VDI, whereas VMware Player is most compared with VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, VMware Horizon, Parallels Desktop and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. See our VMware Horizon View vs. VMware Player report.

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