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"The whole point of it is to run Windows VMs on a Mac. This is the most valuable feature. There is snapshotting, but we don't really use that. The Pro version allows me to actually attach to the Windows ESXi infrastructure at the backend, and I'm able to create a session that I can attach to the VMware hooks at the backend, so one is running a VM, and the whole operating system is running on the actual Mac. The other one is literally a frontend to the VMs that are running in the infrastructure at the backend. These are the two main features I use."

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"The solution has good performance and functionality. However, if the network connection was poor we noticed a decrease in performance.""The ease of customizing the terminal, including the ability to add or decrease memory.""The most valuable features are Instant Clones and AppStacks.""The most valuable features are that it is easy to use and easy to manage.""VMware Horizon View is a stable solution.""The embedded features of the solution are valuable.""The most valuable feature of this solution has been security.""The local hardware pass-throughs are valuable. I like being able to have access to local hardware."

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"The way they handle snapshotting can be improved. One time, I moved a machine from one to another, and I tried to pull it up on the second machine, but it didn't work. This was because I had not cleaned up the snapshot before I deleted it and moved it across. So, when I tried to pull it up, it wouldn't let me bring it up. The backups for the VMs themselves can also be improved. I pretty much have to rely on Windows backups and not something on VMware. That's where it needs improvement. I am able to upload from my Fusion into the ESXi easily. I'm able to spin something up on Fusion and push it into the big arena, but the reverse is not as easy, that is, trying to pull something down from that. I would love to have a functionality where I could pull something from the VMware infrastructure into Fusion, but I'm not sure if I can take something from ESXi and pull it into Fusion."

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"The solution is very expensive.""The installation is complex and could be easier. The full installation with testing took a couple of weeks to complete.""The solution is quite expensive. They should work to lower the costs if possible.""Sometimes, the protocol itself gets a bit laggy. If you have less than optimal switching and routing, it can get kind of laggy.""Deployment and configuration could be simplified.""User profiles are something that needs to be improved.""They need to make troubleshooting, diagnostics, and error reporting a little better.""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."

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  • "Starting with version 12, it is now free on a Mac for personal use. Fusion Pro has a cost."
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  • "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."
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    The ease of customizing the terminal, including the ability to add or decrease memory.
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    There is a monthly subscription for the use of this solution and it is expensive.
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    One issue we had with this product was that the connection was unstable. Sometimes we had to force values so the end-user could continue working, which caused some information to get lost.
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    VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor for Macintosh computers. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on virtual machines, along with their Mac OS X operating system using a combination of paravirtualization, hardware virtualization and dynamic recompilation.

    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.

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    Amway, Hertz International, Metro Health, North Carolina State University, Ottawa International Airport, Revlon, and Whirlpool.
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Educational Organization8%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    VMware Fusion is ranked 9th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 1 review while VMware Horizon View is ranked 3rd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 17 reviews. VMware Fusion is rated 8.0, while VMware Horizon View is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of VMware Fusion writes "Rock solid, more flexible than other solutions, and good support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Horizon View writes "Stable, with a straightforward setup, but could offer better pricing". VMware Fusion is most compared with VMware Player, VMware Workstation, VMware Horizon 7, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services and Parallels Desktop, whereas VMware Horizon View is most compared with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Workstation, VMware Horizon 7 and VMware Workspace ONE.

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