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Score 8.2 out of 100

VMware Workstation Pro

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

    7.6

    Google Compute Engine

    76%

    VMware Workstation Pro

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Google Compute Engine ranks higher in 9/9 features

    Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime

    8.3
    83%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Dynamic scaling

    8.4
    84%
    24 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Elastic load balancing

    8.6
    86%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Pre-configured templates

    6.7
    67%
    26 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Monitoring tools

    5.6
    56%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Pre-defined machine images

    5.8
    58%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Operating system support

    8.7
    87%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Security controls

    9.1
    91%
    27 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automation

    7.6
    76%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    Google Compute Engine

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.7

    VMware Workstation Pro

    87%
    VMware Workstation Pro ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    21 Ratings

    Management console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    24 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.8
    88%
    23 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    23 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    21 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Google Compute Engine is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
    • VMware Workstation Pro is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • Google Compute Engine and VMware Workstation Pro are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Google Compute Engine

    87%
    27 Ratings
    9.2

    VMware Workstation Pro

    92%
    29 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.0

    Google Compute Engine

    90%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    VMware Workstation Pro

    90%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    9.1

    Google Compute Engine

    91%
    8 Ratings
    9.0

    VMware Workstation Pro

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    8.6

    Google Compute Engine

    86%
    19 Ratings
    6.5

    VMware Workstation Pro

    65%
    6 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Google Compute Engine

    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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    VMware Workstation Pro

    Some scenarios where VMware Workstation pro is best suited are: 1. Utilization for testing software - can install a virtual machine to simulate software requirements and testing it on your network.2. Testing operating systems upgrades and installation on specific hardware requirements. 3. Virtualizing a physical server4. Being able to backup a whole server and restore from it in the event of any issue occurring.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Google Compute Engine

    • 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.
    Tyler Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    VMware Workstation Pro

    • 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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Google Compute Engine

    • 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.
    David Long, SPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

    VMware Workstation Pro

    • Some of the network settings are pretty hard to navigate.
    • The VMware Tools suite isn't reliable for things like sharing files between guest and host or sharing a clipboard, doesn't always work.
    • Have had issues with the Shared Folder feature where it doesn't always work.
    • Mounting host USB devices to the Guest virtual machine sometimes doesn't work at all.
    Dimitar Samarov | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Google Compute Engine

    General

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

    Starting Price

    $0.004,237 GB

    Google Compute Engine Editions & Modules

    Edition
    On-demand price - Predefined vCPUS$0.031611 / vCPU1
    Preemptible Price - Predefined vCPUs0.006655 / vCPU1
    One-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS$0.019915 / vCPU1
    Three-year commitment price - Predefined vCPUS$0.014225 / CPU1
    On-demand price - Predefined Memory$0.004237 / GB1
    Preemptible Price - Predefined Memory0.000892 / GB1
    One-year commitment price - Predefined Memory$0.002669 / GB1
    Three-year commitment price - Predefined Memory$0.001907 / GB1
    1. Hour
    Additional Pricing Details
    Prices 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.

    VMware Workstation Pro

    General

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

    Starting Price

    VMware Workstation Pro Editions & Modules

    Additional Pricing Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Google Compute Engine

    Google Compute Engine 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Overall services are good to go. Received good feedback from users. Have regional server locations. It has free extra service included.
    Sazzad Hossain Sharkar | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    Google Compute Engine

    Google Compute Engine 9.1
    Based on 8 answers
    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.
    Brendon Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    Google Compute Engine

    Google Compute Engine 8.6
    Based on 19 answers
    • 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.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    VMware Workstation Pro

    VMware Workstation Pro 6.5
    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

    Google Compute Engine

    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.
    Frank Palladino | TrustRadius Reviewer

    VMware Workstation Pro

    The best and easy to adjust all the functions for easy production of the appropriate and quality services via the Cloud and the deployment of the product can easily be done with all users even those with little basic knowledge on VMware Workstation Pro similar platforms. With the advanced capabilities for Cloud data protection and monitoring of various companies' operations, the system offers its highest capability.
    Johnson Martins | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Google Compute Engine

    • 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
    Aditya Mohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

    VMware Workstation Pro

    • 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
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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