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Score 7.8 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

I believe IBM Cloud is well suited for individuals who know their product but not so much for cloud strategy. IBM helps us accelerate and plan the cloud journey and allows us to scale. I wouldn't recommend the IBM Cloud if you know how to scale and distribute the servers world wide.
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VMware Workstation

Very suitable for creating virtual operating systems, as it offers a lot of options. Very easy to install any kind of LINUX distro, doesn't matter if it is Debian or whatever, QNX or any. I even installed Yosemite once, just for testing, it was perfectly running on VMWare Workstation. I also use virtual box but I strongly recommend VMWare Workstation.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.5
VMware Workstation
8.7
Virtual machine automated provisioning
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.0
VMware Workstation
8.9
Management console
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
6.4
VMware Workstation
8.2
Live virtual machine backup
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
5.9
VMware Workstation
9.3
Live virtual machine migration
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
5.5
VMware Workstation
8.9
Hypervisor-level security
VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud
7.6
VMware Workstation
8.3

Pros

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • The performance is top notch. Our on-prem environment was always suffering from lag and general sluggishness. With IBM running everything, it's much smoother.
  • It's always up to date. Our previous environment was always lacking the latest updates and security features. Our audit department enjoys having the peace of mind that everything is up to date.
  • They handle the security of the environment. It allows our security team to focus on higher priority issues. They dont have to worry about making sure our systems are secured.
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VMware Workstation

  • VMware Workstation is very easy to use and learn. Little to no knowledge of virtual computing is needed to operate Workstation.
  • The price point is not that bad. While there are free solutions out there that provide simple and basic virtualization solutions, VMware Workstation is definitely worth the money. Also, they offer educational discounts.
  • While being easy to use it has advanced options, it can integrate into remote clouds as well.
  • The snapshots offered on Workstation is a great feature many of the free virtual tools do not have. This allows you to save a live state or dead state of a machine. Allowing immediate rollback or roll forward to points you've saved.
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Cons

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • Time latency
  • Support could be better
  • Price is high
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VMware Workstation

  • Audio can be a bit on the laggy side.
  • Having to reboot for every update and VM reboots for VMtools updates.
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Usability

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 8.2
Based on 3 answers
Everything is very clearly laid out. Being familiar with vSphere already, it was a quick transition over to the IBM environment. This allowed us to spend less time on the implementation phase and move quickly to actually utilizing the system on a day to day basis. Also, the performance is very good. No lagginess to the website like our previous on-prem environment.
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VMware Workstation

No score
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Support

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud 7.9
Based on 3 answers
We have had very few instances where we needed to reach out for support, but each time we have the response has been quick. The techs have been knowledgeable and resolved issues in a timely manner
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VMware Workstation

No score
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Alternatives Considered

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

I haven't used other products, but I am happy with VMware VSphere on IBM Cloud. Our team enjoys using it as well, and the support that we have gotten from IBM keeps us satisfied as customers
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VMware Workstation

By far better than Oracle Virtual Box. If you want to create a similar environment for your team members working around the globe in order to work on the same project, this is the best solution available, or else you can go for some online editors like on Cloud9 and have the headache of creating a similar environment. Very good software for using a different OS image on the same OS. I have used Mac image, Kali and Ubuntu image on VMware using it on Windows and it works perfect for me.
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Return on Investment

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

  • It has a positive impact on the cost required to maintain our vSphere environment by allowing us to get rid of our vsphere hardware and not worry about maintenance either.
  • There have been very few negatives, but one would definitely be the open-ended cost associated with cloud products in general.
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VMware Workstation

  • Image building is much faster
  • Thinapp environment is much better maintained than with other virtualization software
  • Users are much happier because of the ease of use and features of VMware.
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Pricing Details

VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

VMware Workstation

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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