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VMware Alternative: Deliver Fully Managed Windows Applications and Desktops to Any Device

Move to V2 Cloud – the best VMware alternative, to streamline the deployment and management of virtual desktops. Our fully integrated Desktop-as-a-Service solution accelerates time-to-value, reduces implementation efforts and lowers costs.

Deploy in Minutes and Reduce IT Overhead

Up and running out-of-the-box

V2 Cloud’s all-in-one Desktop-as-a-Service solution includes built-in security, virtual private networks and remote working features without need for complex plugins and long learning curves that is so often required by VMware Horizon and other competitors.

Seamless scalability

Regardless of how big or small your initial deployment is, V2 Cloud can help you scale up and down as your requirements change without unfeasible one-time charges. VMware Horizon and other alternatives have expensive setup fees, making them unsuitable for small deployments, and cannot easily scale down.

Fair and proportionate pricing

VMware Horizon pricing plans are designed for large corporations and enterprises, leaving small and medium-sized businesses locked out or confined in the expensive small-deployment pricing bracket. As an alternative to VMware Horizon, V2 Cloud’s VDI solution has a fair and balanced pricing model, ensuring costs are proportionate to the needs and requirements of your business with no hidden fees, no up-front costs, and no minimum order-requirements.

Fully managed, fully supported

V2 Cloud takes on all of the responsibility for designing, deploying, and running your VDI environment. Rather than investing in extensive training for your staff, hiring expensive VMware Horizon consultants or even full time employees, V2 Cloud’s solution is delivered as-a-service. Extensive 24/7 technical support via multiple channels combined with proactive monitoring ensures at least 99.95% uptime.

How V2 Cloud Compares to VMware

FeatureV2 CloudVMware
Comprehensive Remote AdministrationYes
Easily manage users and associated permissions from a simple dashboard
Manage users and permissions without the ability to have multiple users per VM
Easy Installation and SetupYes
Setup and deploy a VM in minutes using templates and simplified setup processes without complex training and documentation
Complex processes and setup will require time to train and understand documentation for a large enterprise-focused product, difficult network configuration
Comprehensive SecurityYes
Effective and maintainable security with built-in encryption, strong data policies, automated firewalls and AV implementations alongside off-site backups
Comprehensive security infrastructure with adequate encryption, controls and policies suitable for large customers
High PerformanceYes
Persistent desktops, device-independent GUIs and 24-hour availability on VM’s provides high performance to users
Provides device-independent GUIs and desktop persistence. However, VMs are not accessible 24 hours a day and HTML5 redirection is not available
Simple App and Desktop DeliveryYes
Pre-configured RDP clients, includes app virtualization and remote VM access, all available without the need for a complex plugin
Does not include hosting and consumption through a web browser. Does not provide application virtualization out-of-the-box and does not support the conversion of desktop apps to the Cloud
Appropriate Desktop and App ManagementYes
Easily manage, deploy, monitor and maintain desktops and applications whilst having access to comprehensive monitoring
Applications and desktops can be managed, deployed and maintained with ease, allowing a comprehensive array of different services to be accessible
PricingPay-as-you-go and Fixed pricing models. No minimum order, no up-front costs and no hidden fees.Fixed pricing available. Additional developments and plug-ins may increase the cost
Access to Managed ServicesYes
Fully-managed setup, backup management, software and hardware upgrades are included in the base offering
Solution does not include management or live performance monitoring. Only analytics and notifications available
Wide Array of Pre-Installed SoftwareYes
Access to Microsoft Windows, Office, anti-virus and more is included
Operating system and antivirus included. However, business support solutions such as Microsoft Office are not included
Reliable Customer SupportYes
Free online chat, phone and email support is included as standard with a response times within minutes
Email support is available during business hours to aid with any queries IT administrators may have
Appropriate ScalabilityYes
Scale up or down as and when required
Solution difficult to scale both up and down
Unlimited Networking Yes
Unlimited bandwidth and unmetered internet is provided, allowing users to get on with their work uninterrupted
Unlimited bandwidth and unmetered internet is not included, requiring IT administrators to monitor and manage usage

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Factors for Deciding on an VMware alternative

Number of Users

This is the key factor to consider when evaluating a VDI deployment. The number of users is representative of the total amount of workload you require and is the main price-driving force.

FactorsV2 CloudVMware Horizon

Small-to-mid sized deployments

VMware Horizon solutions see good return on investment with large deployments. So if your number of users is anywhere under 250, V2 Cloud is the suitable VMware alternative. It enables you to scale up and down without friction, manage your users and platform from a centralized dashboard, reduce costs and provide better long-term stability.

Large deployments

Solutions over 250 end-users come hand-in-hand with more complex cloud infrastructure that can be suited with the help of V2 Cloud’s product experts. However, if you have the required expertise and experience in-house, solutions like Citrix XenDesktop, VMWare Horizon and other alternatives may give you better technical flexibility to suit your use cases.

In-house IT Team Size

The deployment and management of a complex VDI solution like VMware Horizon will require trained and dedicated staff. Your internal IT team size must be considered when evaluating vendors.

FactorsV2 CloudVMware Horizon

Large IT teams with on-demand resources

Organizations with a large pool of internal IT resources can either have staff with deep knowledge in VDI solutions, or are able to assign and train staff as required. Deploying complex solutions such as VMware Horizon can have many benefits when supported by internal IT staff. However, simple solutions such as V2 Cloud’s can provide many similar benefits and enable organizations to reassign IT staff to other value-adding activities.

Fewer IT staff without vendor-specific knowledge

Smaller teams can provide value more quickly with a less-complex and more modern product using features such as VM templates and simplified configuration. V2 Cloud’s DaaS offering is tailored for businesses with limited IT resources

Vendor-Specific Technical Expertise

FactorsV2 CloudVMware Horizon
Deploying and managing VDI platforms such as VMware Horizon requires in-depth technical expertise, often specific to that one product. Most traditional VDI solutions now have engineers that specialize in a single product or suite of products such as Horizon due to the complex management and configuration required.

Compared to VMware Horizon, V2 Cloud is intuitive and easy to use, with a simplified network setup, templates for deployments and easy application and desktop management. The features and setup processes available through V2 Cloud reduce the technical expertise required, ensuring IT staff can spend as little time as possible learning complex configuration rules and integrations.

Budget and Pricing Models

Pricing models will determine whether a solution can be financially suitable or not. VDI solutions should offer proportionate pricing with respect to your budget and usage.

V2 Cloud Pricing

ensures fees are fair by having no hidden costs, no minimum order, no required contract and no up-front fees. Suitable for businesses which require predictable pricing and smaller budgets.

VMware Horizon Pricing

Complex pricing depending on usage, contract terms, additional add-ons, plug-ings and services. For businesses with good commercial analysts supporting IT, VMware Horizon can deliver tailored services and made-to-measure costs.

V2 Cloud Differentiating Features

Integrated Security

V2 Cloud’s offering includes endpoint protection, firewalls and off-site backups.

Unlimited Technical Support

We provide free of charge, round-the-clock support for your IT team via multiple channels, including online chat, email and phone.

Quick and easy deployment

V2 Cloud runs in the browser, no installation required, no complex VPN setups. Get set up and running in as little as 20 minutes.


We maintain high performance using SSDs, device-independent GUIs and 24x7 availability.

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Unlike VMware Horizon we offer a risk-free 7-day trial that gives you full access to the V2 Cloud platform so you can test our solution in a live environment. Cancel at any time within the first 7 days for a guaranteed refund.

Other VMware Alternatives

Fierce competition in the VDI and DaaS space empower customers to choose the solution which best fits their budget and requirements. Here are some vendors which V2 Cloud consider to be reputable alternatives and competitors to VMware Horizon.

Citrix XenApp

One of the largest VMware competitors by market share, specializing in enterprise deployments


AWS Workspaces

Good VMware alternative for organizations who already have an existing AWS Cloud estate


Windows Virtual Desktops

Azure’s VDI platform can be tightly integrated with the wider Microsoft portfolio

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