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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Kernel-based Virtual Machine

Kernel-based Virtual Machine is very well suited when one needs a single-node virtualization host or needs to build a complex demo setting on their own notebook (e.g. when demonstrating solutions to a customer).
Valentin Höbel | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

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

Kernel-based Virtual Machine
6.8
VMware Workstation
8.6
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
5.0
VMware Workstation
9.0
Management console
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
5.0
VMware Workstation
8.4
Live virtual machine migration
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
9.2
VMware Workstation
8.6
Hypervisor-level security
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
8.0
VMware Workstation
8.2
Live virtual machine backup
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
VMware Workstation
8.8

Pros

Kernel-based Virtual Machine

  • Easy way to work with OpenStack
  • Better performance with the Linux OS
  • Lowest Cost
Stenio Pereira Filho | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

  • VMware Workstation is very easy to use and learn. Little to no knowledge of virtual computing is needed to operate Workstation.
  • The price point is not that bad. While there are free solutions out there that provide simple and basic virtualization solutions, VMware Workstation is definitely worth the money. Also, they offer educational discounts.
  • While being easy to use it has advanced options, it can integrate into remote clouds as well.
  • The snapshots offered on Workstation is a great feature many of the free virtual tools do not have. This allows you to save a live state or dead state of a machine. Allowing immediate rollback or roll forward to points you've saved.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Kernel-based Virtual Machine

  • KVM itself doesn't ship with a management interface
  • KVM itself is a bit complicated to handle
  • KVM needs Qemu to virtualize Windows guests
Valentin Höbel | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

  • VMware to me is a little too simplistic during setup, and this has led to me having to go back through and change some of the options afterward. This, however, is subjective.
  • Occasionally after an update, I have experienced freezing.
  • I have had issues when backing up a VM to another PC, I would get an error when I start the machine on the new PC.
Michael Timms | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Kernel-based Virtual Machine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VMware Workstation

VMware Workstation 6.7
Based on 3 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

Kernel-based Virtual Machine

It is a very reliable solution that can be used for x86 architecture virtualization with low overhead. It is a free and open source software. Easy to use withOpenStack.
Stenio Pereira Filho | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

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

Kernel-based Virtual Machine

  • KVM normally enables customers to fullfill their business goals very fast and it is free, so there is a very small time window from implementation to "investment is returned"
  • If IT staff doesn't have hardcore Linux experience, they will need proper learning time until they'll be able to handle KVM
Valentin Höbel | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

  • 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

Kernel-based Virtual Machine

General

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

VMware Workstation

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Kernel-based Virtual Machine
9.5
VMware Workstation
8.8

Support

Kernel-based Virtual Machine
VMware Workstation
6.7

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