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Likelihood to Recommend

Google Compute Engine

I have recommended the platform to students, friends and family members alike. The help and documentation is very easy to follow for a beginner. Plus, GCP has built in tools which make some common tasks that non-production level cloud users need to accomplish very easy in an automated way. Now, to address the question of recommending GCE to a colleague, ultimately the organization will have to make a decision regarding the entire cloud platform. It wouldn't make much sense, outside of a special case, to use GCE for some parts of your cloud infrastructure and a competitor on other parts. That practical caveat aside, I believe that the GCP brings a strong suite of tools to the table overall and is good value for money at this time as well. Developer familiarity to certain competing platforms can be a sticking point, but a colleague who is already asking for a recommendation is likely already open minded about moving to GCP.
Frank Palladino | 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

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Google Compute Engine
8.2
VMware Workstation Pro
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Google Compute Engine
8.9
VMware Workstation Pro
Dynamic scaling
Google Compute Engine
8.3
VMware Workstation Pro
Elastic load balancing
Google Compute Engine
8.6
VMware Workstation Pro
Pre-configured templates
Google Compute Engine
8.3
VMware Workstation Pro
Monitoring tools
Google Compute Engine
7.6
VMware Workstation Pro
Pre-defined machine images
Google Compute Engine
8.0
VMware Workstation Pro
Operating system support
Google Compute Engine
8.2
VMware Workstation Pro
Security controls
Google Compute Engine
8.6
VMware Workstation Pro
Automation
Google Compute Engine
7.0
VMware Workstation Pro

Server Virtualization

Google Compute Engine
VMware Workstation Pro
8.6
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Google Compute Engine
VMware Workstation Pro
8.9
Management console
Google Compute Engine
VMware Workstation Pro
8.8
Live virtual machine backup
Google Compute Engine
VMware Workstation Pro
8.8
Live virtual machine migration
Google Compute Engine
VMware Workstation Pro
8.8
Hypervisor-level security
Google Compute Engine
VMware Workstation Pro
7.8

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

  • Not HTML based - Web applications are not always the best method to access VM's
  • Isolation - VM's can be pulled off production networks for testing in a safe environment
  • Operability - The interface mirrors the HTML format giving the user all of the features necessary to modify, access and manage VM's
Nick Darnell | 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

  • 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.
Vlad VARNA | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 9 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 8.8
Based on 21 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 6.6
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

Google Compute Engine

App Engine is somewhat similar, but we use it together with Compute Engine. App Engine is good for serving end requests to users -- it can scale automatically to any number of requests, but has it's own limitations. Compute Engine does not have any limitations. but you have to manage it by yourself and scale it manually as needed. I tried using Amazon's EC2 before the Compute Engine was released, but at that time their UI wasn't friendly, in the end Compute Engine provider much better integration with App Engine since their VMs can be really close to each other to reduce network delay. Google Cloud's UI is really good, you don't always want to manage your stuff using API.
Dmitry Sadovnychyi | 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

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

Pricing Details

Google Compute Engine

General

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

VMware Workstation Pro

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Google Compute Engine
8.8
VMware Workstation Pro
9.2

Likelihood to Renew

Google Compute Engine
9.0
VMware Workstation Pro
9.0

Usability

Google Compute Engine
9.1
VMware Workstation Pro
9.0

Support Rating

Google Compute Engine
8.8
VMware Workstation Pro
6.6

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