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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Virtual Machines

Easy way to utilise development of applications inside of the MS eco-system. Also enables integration into a pre-existing billing structure on Microsoft cloud
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Pro

When you use the vSphere client to open a remote console you have what appears to be a slimmed-down version of Workstation. The full version can be used in that same role, but instead of going to vSphere first you can directly get to your VM tree through Workstation. This makes it quick to move from VM to VM. Sandboxing is where Workstation is especially well suited. You can run test apps, difficult apps, and deprecated apps/OSs in a sideways fashion that is not dangerous to your production environment. If you're not a VMware shop, this product could be used but would be less appropriate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Azure Virtual Machines
7.9
VMware Workstation Pro
8.6
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Azure Virtual Machines
7.3
VMware Workstation Pro
8.9
Management console
Azure Virtual Machines
7.1
VMware Workstation Pro
8.7
Live virtual machine backup
Azure Virtual Machines
9.4
VMware Workstation Pro
8.8
Live virtual machine migration
Azure Virtual Machines
7.6
VMware Workstation Pro
8.4
Hypervisor-level security
Azure Virtual Machines
8.2
VMware Workstation Pro
8.3

Pros

Azure Virtual Machines

  • Testing and developing
  • Maintaining small and medium databases
  • Maintaining low and medium traffic web servers
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Pro

  • You can have different test machines on a single developer host.
  • It's almost as fast as a physical machine.
  • You can use snapshots to quickly experiment with new things and updates without worrying you will lose everything.
  • With the Network Editor, you can configure whole LANs, which would require a lot of effort and equipment to set up physically.
  • The VMX configuration file is easily editable for more advanced features.
Vlad VARNA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Azure Virtual Machines

  • Provisioning of the VM becomes slow while adding a customized script.
Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Pro

  • Making it easy to export VMS is something that Workstation struggles with; exporting to OVA which is the primary type of VM we export to is cumbersome and can be difficult without proper knowledge on how to do this.
  • Management of VMS could be a little bit more in depth.
  • I think the networking portion of Workstation could use some slight improvements, more in-depth segmentation to support containers, however, this is a small issue and not something many people will miss or need.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Virtual Machines

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Workstation Pro 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It's a solid product, and if they make it compatible with HyperVM (WSL, Docker, etc.) it would be great
Vlad VARNA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Azure Virtual Machines

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Workstation Pro 9.0
Based on 1 answer
There are some settings that can only be done by editing the VMX file. However, that is easily done, and you can find examples on the internet easily.
Vlad VARNA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines 8.7
Based on 3 answers
I give the overall support for Azure Virtual Machines a 7 because I think while the overall support do a great job there are still areas that it could improve on such as efficiency and speed. So while I only give it a 7 and it has some issues it is still better than the overall support at Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Workstation Pro 6.6
Based on 6 answers
I haven't had to call VMware Workstation support. The majority of the time, whenever I have a problem, I can perform an online search and find the answers I need. Online forums and users with similar situations are generally sufficient to answer any questions I have had, though, from previous experience at another company, their support is outstanding and responsive to circumstances. However, that is generally for a paid support contract and should be expected when you are paying for that support.
Tyler Twitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Azure Virtual Machines

Azure VM is more complicated, but provides the same scale of services
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Pro

I like using VMWare as it is really easy to configure, very much user friendly. I also like to use the additional features it have for migration like import export in different formats, clone of the virtual machine. I really like using VMware Workstation user console and ESXI at my college
Ramandeep Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Azure Virtual Machines

  • The pay as you go model helps saves cost.
  • We segregate the virtual machines in different resource groups and hence can setup auto shutdown as per their type and requirement.
Nishant Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Pro

  • Positive impact would be that VMware is a simple, inexpensive solution. To be able to run such other software you would need completely new hardware, but VMware can run it for you virtually, thus, the savings are incredible.
  • One VMware instance can run multiple instances of images simultaneously, therefore, it is very time-saving.
Stefan Trbojevic | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Azure Virtual Machines

General

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

Azure Virtual Machines Editions & Modules

Edition
Spot - General Purpose - Av2$0.0051
Spot - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.01041
Spot - General Purpose - Dv3$0.01251
Spot - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.0161
3 Year Reserved - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.00381
3 Year Reserved - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.03071
3 Year Reserved - General Purpose - Dv3$0.03691
3 Year Reserved - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.04811
1 Year Reserved - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.07531
1 Year Reserved - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.00591
1 Year Reserved - General Purpose - Dv3$0.05481
1 Year Reserved - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.051
Pay as You Go - Burstable VMs - B1S$0.00751
Pay as You Go - Compute Optimized - Fsv2$0.08461
Pay as You Go - General Purpose - Dv3$0.0961
Pay as You Go - Memory Optimized - Ev3$0.1261
  1. Per Hour
Additional Pricing Details

VMware Workstation Pro

General

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

VMware Workstation Pro Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Azure Virtual Machines
7.9
VMware Workstation Pro
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Azure Virtual Machines
VMware Workstation Pro
9.0

Usability

Azure Virtual Machines
VMware Workstation Pro
9.0

Support Rating

Azure Virtual Machines
8.7
VMware Workstation Pro
6.6

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