Google Compute Engine vs. VMware Workstation Pro

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Google Compute Engine
Score 7.7 out of 10
N/A
Google Compute Engine is an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) product from Google Cloud. It provides virtual machines with carbon-neutral infrastructure which run on the same data centers that Google itself uses.
$0
GB
VMware Workstation Pro
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
VMware Workstation Pro is virtualization software which allows running multiple x86-based operating systems on one PC. Users can run Windows, Linux and BSD virtual machines on a Windows or Linux desktop.N/A
Pricing
Google Compute EngineVMware Workstation Pro
Editions & Modules
Preemptible Price - Predefined Memory
0.000892 / GB
Hour
Three-year commitment price - Predefined Memory
$0.001907 / GB
Hour
One-year commitment price - Predefined Memory
$0.002669 / GB
Hour
On-demand price - Predefined Memory
$0.004237 / GB
Hour
Preemptible Price - Predefined vCPUs
0.006655 / vCPU
Hour
Three-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS
$0.014225 / CPU
Hour
One-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS
$0.019915 / vCPU
Hour
On-demand price - Predefined vCPUS
$0.031611 / vCPU
Hour
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Google Compute EngineVMware Workstation Pro
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPrices vary according to region (i.e US central, east, & west time zones). Google Compute Engine also offers a discounted rate for a 1 & 3 year commitment.
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Google Compute EngineVMware Workstation Pro
Top Pros
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Features
Google Compute EngineVMware Workstation Pro
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Comparison of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features of Product A and Product B
Google Compute Engine
7.0
27 Ratings
16% below category average
VMware Workstation Pro
-
Ratings
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime8.126 Ratings00 Ratings
Dynamic scaling8.824 Ratings00 Ratings
Elastic load balancing8.920 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-configured templates4.726 Ratings00 Ratings
Monitoring tools3.027 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-defined machine images3.127 Ratings00 Ratings
Operating system support8.927 Ratings00 Ratings
Security controls9.727 Ratings00 Ratings
Automation7.92 Ratings00 Ratings
Server Virtualization
Comparison of Server Virtualization features of Product A and Product B
Google Compute Engine
-
Ratings
VMware Workstation Pro
8.5
26 Ratings
2% above category average
Virtual machine automated provisioning00 Ratings8.819 Ratings
Management console00 Ratings8.121 Ratings
Live virtual machine backup00 Ratings9.420 Ratings
Live virtual machine migration00 Ratings7.920 Ratings
Hypervisor-level security00 Ratings8.219 Ratings
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User Ratings
Google Compute EngineVMware Workstation Pro
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(27 ratings)
9.0
(27 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(8 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(10 ratings)
7.7
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Google Compute EngineVMware Workstation Pro
Likelihood to Recommend
Google
We use Google Compute Engine in a hybrid and multi-cloud solution. We find that using it for direct ad-hoc use cases meets all of our demands. We have attempted some more complex networking and multi-regional use cases but were not able to achieve satisfactory results. Google Compute Engine is extremely appropriate for anyone requiring quick, scalable, reliable infrastructure.
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VMware
I would not recommend using a VM as a complete replacement for your everyday driver, but I would recommend
it for testing. One way that I use Workstation Pro is with testing GPO's. I can
make a change to a user or computer GPO, take a snapshot, reboot the computer
to pull the GPO, see if it worked. If it didn't, I revert to the last snapshot before the GPO was pulled, make some changes to the GPO again, and test on the test VM. The same style
of testing can be used with creating and changing scripts for computer changes.
We have a whole computer setup script that installs software and changes a ton
of settings. On a VM you can test over and over to make sure the script runs
how you want it to and revert if you didn't like the script outcome. Especially
handy with software installs, so you don't have to wait for a program to
uninstall and then edit the script and run the script again. Using snapshots save me so much time in testing!
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Pros
Google
  • A simple web-based interface that is a breeze to train new engineers to use. Our experienced engineers never have trouble finding or doing anything on GCE.
  • Sustained use and Committed use discounts mean we get top-tier VMs for an incredibly competitive price.
  • Wonderful identity and access management that gives us peace-of-mind when granting access to machines to contractors and other 3rd parties.
  • Fast VMs, lastest in hardware, and enough RAM to power even the hungriest of our services.
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VMware
  • It provides a great remote access tool for accessing and managing servers in virtual environment. With the security risks surround remote desktop this provides a good alternative to do the same functions.
  • The app itself is very lightweight and easy to install/maintain.
  • Sandbox testing can be a time consuming thing to setup and do. Workstation makes this easy to create, use, and put away. This make you more willing to put new things in the sandbox and test them before production usage.
  • The cost of workstation is very affordable for the functionality that you get and you can try it for free before you buy it.
  • We use it to run apps that can be difficult to setup or conflict with other apps. We just spin this app VM up run it, and then shut it back down. The startup and shutdown is very quick.
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Cons
Google
  • The L7 load balancer can be difficult to get set up. It's limited in its functionality, especially with the container engine.
  • It's hard to find certain objects on the web console. Often times the things I need to get to are buried in advanced menus.
  • Google's decision to only support MySQL on their relational DB service means that I have to manage Postgres instances in Compute on my own, managing everything from storage to backups.
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VMware
  • At the moment, it's incompatible with Microsoft's HyperVM, which is used in Docker and the Linux Subsystem on Windows 2 (WSL 2).
  • VMware shared files sometimes stop working and need to be reset.
  • 3D support is limited to Windows and only certain scenarios.
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Likelihood to Renew
Google
Overall services are good to go. Received good feedback from users. Have regional server locations. It has free extra service included.
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VMware
It's a solid product, and if they make it compatible with HyperVM (WSL, Docker, etc.) it would be great
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Usability
Google
Having interacted with several cloud services, GCE stands out to me as more usable than most. The naming and locating of features is a little more intuitive than most I've interacted with, and hinting is also quite helpful. Getting staff up to speed has proven to be overall less painful than others.
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VMware
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.
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Support Rating
Google
  • The documentation needs to be better for intermediate users - There are first steps that one can easily follow, but after that, the documentation is often spotty or not in a form where one can follow the steps and accomplish the task. Also, the documentation and the product often go out of sync, where the commands from the documentation do not work with the current version of the product.
  • Google support was great and their presence on site was very helpful in dealing with various issues.
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VMware
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.
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Alternatives Considered
Google
I've used the AWS stack, the Azure stack, OCI, and IBM cloud. I have found GCP and AWS the easiest to deploy, configure, manage, and so on. Google has offered me at least 5 free in person classes to train me in new features on the platform. Likewise AWS has offered me probably 10 to 15 guided online tutorials, with a person to field any questions. All of this free training will no doubt affect my experience in a serious way, so keep that in mind as a reader. Outside of ease of use and configuration, I haven't experienced performance problems across any of the cloud services that I have used.
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VMware
VMware ESXi is more enterprise based whereas VMware Workstation offers capabilities at a lower cost and smaller scale. VMware Workstation Pro is also user friendly and easy to install. It can be utilized on a regular desktop system as the name implies. It helps with also demonstrations when needed to clients without having bulky hardware every time.
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Return on Investment
Google
  • Positive impact on the OpEx with reduction in CapEx resulting from reducing the time to move a workload from on-prem to the cloud
  • Incased RoI by reducing need for on-prem compute
  • Improved agility by providing the option to take on new AI workloads for test and dev without the need for upfront investment in
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VMware
  • When updating multiple VM's, this is a much quicker option vs trying to either RDP to them or console using Vcenter
  • We are required to run a VM locally for certain tasks, and this has been the most effective way to use it
  • The ability to manage a VM without having to worry about the console freezing up helps with management
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