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Score 8.9 out of 101

VMware Workstation

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Score 8.6 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

EC2 is elastic infrastructure. Your org does not have to invest in in-house data centers and staff to manage the hardware. AWS EC2 provides elastic cloud environment to run lot of this. Price is reasonable and AWS has lot of h/w s/w design pattern to design a reliable software application and run it in a resilient environment.
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VMware Workstation

Scenarios in which this product is useful are if:
  1. you are a developer or you are often interested in new products
  2. you want to carry out extensive tests on certain products or features particularly impacting products that are already used in the company
  3. you have the intention to make particularly risky changes
  4. you can create specular environments and test everything on the virtual. machines
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
VMware Workstation
8.7
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.7
VMware Workstation
8.1
Management console
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.2
VMware Workstation
8.7
Live virtual machine backup
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
VMware Workstation
8.7
Live virtual machine migration
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
7.9
VMware Workstation
8.7
Hypervisor-level security
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
8.4
VMware Workstation
9.1

Pros

  • We write micro services in spring boot that runs on EC2.
  • Our front ends use node js and those applications run on EC2
  • lot of our enterprise support applications like jenkins, confluence, jira etc run on aws ec2
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  • immediate rollback speed with VM Snapshot
  • connection with VSphere
  • no risk of unwanted impacts
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Cons

  • EC2 in my opinion, is lacking the ability to connect to a console from within the AWS console. I sometimes miss how I can connect to the console with VMware and Hyper-V but not with EC2. You have to utilize RDP or SSH to connect to an instance.
  • Sometimes EC2 instances lockup due to reasons with the underlying hardware and need to be shutdown and the started back up so the instance can spin up on new hardware. This is sometimes a problem because unless you set up proper alerting/scripting, you don't know there is an issue until a user reports it.
  • EC2 can be a bit daunting for the beginning user. You really do need some kind of training before you dive in.
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  • Better built in and automated support for keeping virtual machine file growth to a minimum without 3rd party tools user must download and install
  • A simple wizard for exporting a complete working VM from VMware Workstation to Oracle Virtual Box with minimal user effort and expertise
  • A simple wizard for importing a complete working VM from Oracle Virtual Box to VMware Workstation with minimal user effort and expertise
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Usability

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)10.0
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Best in its class.Easy to implement.Big community for support.
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Support

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)3.0
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I have faced that level of support.Our many query were unanswered for few days and costed us a lot.
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Alternatives Considered

Migration from Shared/Dedicated to a VPS was the next step in scaling up our eCommerce business platform to our customer demands. Amazon Web Services uptime and speed really met our expectations, but the costs were unpredictable and ended up being too high for us. In hindsight, I might have considered going straight to Dedicated or Collocated.
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Much better. Ease of integration and driver management was way better than the other free product we tested. The full features of VMware Workstation, in my opinion blow any competition out of the water for the purposes we use it for. Yes, there are free solutions out there but when time is against to get a virtual environment up this ease of use is key.
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Return on Investment

  • Faster deployments - allowing for hotfixes and features to get deployed faster
  • Speed - serving up assets to our user at a fast speed - no lagging, best-in-class server
  • Ease of scaling - ability to move quickly on scaling up on a platform that can handle it
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  • Quick assesment of various challlenges and questions.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

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

VMware Workstation

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