These days, everything seems cloud-based, probably because around 95% of businesses are using cloud computing in one or more ways. Companies now run most of their workloads in the cloud. And many of those workloads can be attributed to “virtualized environments.”
Virtualization has become popular for several reasons, including cost and energy savings, improved security and risk management, reliability and more centralized management of data.
And if you’re one of the many businesses looking into Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solutions, it’s almost impossible that you haven’t yet heard of VMware.
What is VMware?
VMware has been a leader in virtualization since its founding in 1998. They offer a range of products for server, desktop, and application virtualization, as well as many cloud management services.
But here we tell those in search of software that they should always evaluate more than one option for their business.
While VMware is a virtualization giant and, according to users, provides a pretty high-quality product, it might not be the best fit for your organization. Either way, you won’t know until you look into some other products on the market.
What are some alternatives to VMware for virtual desktops?
In order to help you develop your shortlist of desktop virtualization software, I looked into a few VMware competitors.
The top 7 alternatives that I found are ordered alphabetically. And if this list still isn’t doing it for you, you can always find more options in our virtualization directory.
Cost: Dizzion doesn’t list its pricing but does offer a calculator for those considering their services.
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Dizzion offers desktop as a service (DaaS) delivery options 100% on the cloud, as a hybrid solution, or on premise. You can choose from over 100 user permissions to ensure that your employees have access to the programs and functions they need while restricting access to more sensitive information. Plus they promise 99.99% availability, with virtual desktops that offer 250 to 500 IOPS.
Best for: Medium and enterprise businesses looking for larger deployments.
Cost: Konect Center does not list their pricing.
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Konect Center helps you create virtual workspaces over private, public, and hybrid clouds. It integrates with both Hyper-V and OpenStack to help your IT team manage workloads and can operate on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.
Best for: Small businesses, particularly organizations with two to fifty users.
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Cost: LISTEQ does not list their pricing. However, they do note that, with their pricing model, you’ll only pay for the services and devices you actively use.
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If your office encourages working from home or has a BYOD policy, then you might want to check out LISTEQ. It’s specifically geared to function with this increasingly popular trend, offering mobile-compatible virtual machines (VMs).
LISTEQ can support VMs running on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, ChromeOS, and DOS. Its native hypervisor is Oracle VM VirtualBox, and it works with any x86-compatible server.
Best for: Organizations that encourage remote work or allow employees to use their own devices to complete work tasks or access company information.
Cost: Paperspace offers hourly, monthly, and annual pricing models. Its monthly options start at $15 per month for lightweight machines for personal use. Their more powerful VMs range anywhere from $25 per month all the way up to almost $800 per month, depending what you need to use them for.
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Founded in 2014, Paperspace was specifically designed with modern cloud computing in mind. It’s fully on the cloud but can also connect to on-premise or third-party servers.
Their VMs are web-native and have an auto-update functionality. Depending on the machines you choose for your employees, they can run high-quality 3D apps and video.
Plus, if you’re a gamer outside of your 9-to-5 and want a high-quality PC without paying the high price, Paperspace offers pricing options for personal use.
Best for: Organizations whose employees need access to programs that can display high-quality graphics.
Cost: Stratodesk doesn’t list their pricing, but they do offer a free trial if you want to take their system for a spin before committing.
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Stratodesk is a hardware-agnostic OS and management solution for VDI. So if you want to repurpose the PCs or other hardware you already have instead of investing in new thin clients, Stratodesk might be worth looking into. You also won’t have to worry about which OS your hardware runs on, in case your office switches to a different system in the future.
Stratodesk is compatible with any virtual server. They also offer a DaaS product for companies who don’t have the IT infratructure to host the solution themselves.
Best for: Organizations who don’t want to invest in new hardware but do want to take advantage of virtual desktops.
Cost: vSpace does not list their pricing.
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vSpace is specifically designed for companies that want the advantages of a virtual environment but don’t have the budget or IT infrastructure to deal with the complexities of a virtual desktop environment. Their solution supports up to 100 users.
To invest in vSpace, though, you also have to invest in their servers. In addition, their solution only runs on Windows, although they’re currently working on compatibility with iOS and Android. But if your users only operate on Windows PCs, this lack of flexibility might not be an issue for you.
Best for: Smaller organizations with tight budgets or small IT departments.
Will a VMware alternative cut it for your business?
After looking over this list, you might have found a VMware alternative to help your organization cut costs and increase security.
Or you might have given this list a once-over and decided VMware really is the best solution for your company right now.
Either way, you should always try out more than one option when purchasing the software. Try a demo or free trial of one of these VMware alternatives, if only to see what their competition is up to and what they might be able to offer your business.
And if you know of any other desktop virtualization solutions that could give VMware a run for their money, let me know in the comments below.