29 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 7.8 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI) and VMware Workstation Player are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.5

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

85%
5 Ratings
7.6

VMware Workstation Player

76%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

VMware Workstation Player

80%
1 Rating

Usability

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

VMware Workstation Player

80%
2 Ratings

Performance

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

VMware Workstation Player

90%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

90%
2 Ratings
9.0

VMware Workstation Player

90%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

VMware Workstation Player

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

With a substantial free tier, AWS is a solution for fast, reliable and secure access to tools and workflows for any project. AWS is still the most intimidating cloud solution to approach. While there is no shortage to power and solutions, it is not for the faint of heart. It is easy to get lost while using AWS though the solution is there. Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI) requires an IT manager with experience deploying applications and building databases. Comparably, Parallels is a much easier UI to navigate, along with many open source and free options.
🐿 Matthew Karsten | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

VMware will work great for the following test scenarios:
  • Testing windows updates on a system
  • Testing a new software or a new software version
  • Creating a sandbox to test options/features of an OS
  • Creating different VM to test a software on different OS without the need to have physical machines for all of them
You can also use it as a "player" only where you have that static VM that you run from time to time as with my use for SAS University. Whenever you need to use the software, you simply start that VM.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

  • Quick, clean access to the VDI images.
  • Easy provisioning of images to use based on multiple criteria.
  • Integrating with our other products (AV/AM, productivity, etc.).
Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

  • VMware Player is easy to use.
  • VMware Player supports a wide variety operating systems.
  • Unity mode makes it easy for the end user to utilize needed legacy applications while maintaining their familiar Host OS desktop. It's seamless to the point where the end user doesn't know they're running applications from a VM.
Jeremy Kendzierski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

  • Copy and paste does not work well
  • The performance is degraded during the day being slow at the end of the journey
  • Some user interface issues displaying the page
  • Sometimes when I type a word a letter is pasted many [times]
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

  • Would be nice to use more VMs at once, but this is basically trial software, so it's hard to fault them.
Stephen Demsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

General

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

Starting Price

$21 per month

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI) Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$21.001
Maximum Price$140.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

VMware Workstation Player

General

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

Starting Price

VMware Workstation Player Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I give a rating of 8 because VMware Player has its use cases, for example it requires the host OS to be logged in, and the VMware Player application to be opened and the Guest VM started. Only one VM can run at a time.I'd give a 9/10 to VMware Workstation because you can run shared VMs at startup without logging in or starting the workstation application.and i'd give ESX a 10/10 because ESX is the leader in enterprise visualization.
Jeremy Kendzierski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Great product. Its user-friendly GUI and overall performance are really the biggest strength of this tool. The reason why I don't give a higher note is because of the price. Although it's decent (starting at around $200 for a license), there is a good free alternative in VirtualBox. Not everyone values friendly GUI as something worth paying for. For people that are more tech-savvy, I would recommend looking into VirtualBox as they might actually like the model better (with downloadable add-ons and packages).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Integration isn't really relevant here but I see this question more as an OS compatibility for the VM. They state that they support over 200 different OS versions. I honestly have never tried anything else other than Ubuntu and Windows myself but nonetheless, this is impressive. I have not hit any limitation in my use of this software in terms of limitation or conflicts with other software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
AWS support in general is pretty good, and WorkSpaces is no exception. We haven't had too much need for support but on the occasion we have, they've been quick to respond and helpful. Our issues have been resolved rapidly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player 9.0
Based on 2 answers
VMware support is very knowledgeable on their products, eveything from AirWatch to ESX clusters. VMware is easy to contact, they stay in touch and see the issue through to the end and a final resolution. They keep you up to date on your issue status and don't leave you waiting for answers.
Jeremy Kendzierski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Installing the application was easily completed on the twenty computers that needed VMware Player. Once those 20 users were configured we copied our virtual machine template to the 20 users and turned on their newly provisioned virtual machines. We then configured unity mode so the user could easily work from within the virtual machine from their host desktop.
Jeremy Kendzierski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

Cisco AnyConnect is a VPN client and using a VPN can reduce the internet speed. It is not quite reliable as workspaces. Cisco AnyConnect is not at all optimised for linux machines. They suffer a lot from crashing and loss of internet speed. Workspaces works quite well even on linux machines
Shanaya Desai | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

Both free, VMware supports USB 3.0 while VirtualBox does not. VMware supports nested hardware-assisted virtualization while VirtualBox does not.
Fareed Abolhassani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon WorkSpaces (VDI)

  • Positive ROI with superior control over usage
  • Large selection of relevant packages
  • Easily scale 1 to 1000
🐿 Matthew Karsten | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

  • A positive impact is that it require little to no funding to use.
  • Negative impact is that because it is free it can be hard to get support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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