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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

VMware Fusion

VMWare Fusion is perfectly suited for an application developer because it allows the dev to create cross-platform applications across the entire spectrum of operating systems without changing devices. An example of where it is less appropriate would be an environment where users are not required or have no need, to use multiple operating systems.
Michael Timms | 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

Remote Administration

VMware Fusion
7.4
VMware Workstation
Screen sharing
VMware Fusion
7.9
VMware Workstation
File transfer
VMware Fusion
8.2
VMware Workstation
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
VMware Fusion
5.3
VMware Workstation
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
VMware Fusion
7.7
VMware Workstation
Over-the-Internet remote session
VMware Fusion
5.2
VMware Workstation
Initiate remote control from mobile
VMware Fusion
4.1
VMware Workstation
Remote management of servers & workstations
VMware Fusion
9.0
VMware Workstation
Remote Active Directory® management
VMware Fusion
7.2
VMware Workstation
Centralized management dashboard
VMware Fusion
8.5
VMware Workstation
Session record
VMware Fusion
5.0
VMware Workstation
Annotations
VMware Fusion
9.5
VMware Workstation
Monitoring and Alerts
VMware Fusion
8.8
VMware Workstation
Multi-platform remote control
VMware Fusion
10.0
VMware Workstation

Server Virtualization

VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
8.6
Virtual machine automated provisioning
VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
9.0
Management console
VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
8.5
Live virtual machine backup
VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
8.7
Live virtual machine migration
VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
8.5
Hypervisor-level security
VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
8.2

Pros

VMware Fusion

  • Getting around the settings of VMware Fusion is very intuitive, I've never had trouble finding or tweaking a setting (hard disk increase for example).
  • Creating and restoring Snapshots is very easy and useful.
  • Installing and pulling in a previously created VM is very simple.
Fatima T | 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

VMware Fusion

  • With OSX - 10.14.1 and the latest version of Fusion - 11.0.2 the user interface has taken a step back IMHO.
  • I would like to see price decrease.
  • Better remote host connection capabilities - remote server connections are available but connections are spotty.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | 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

Likelihood to Renew

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 10.0
Based on 2 answers
For Apple workstations VMware Fusion is the virtualization software to use. No other application (free or paid) can do what Fusion can. The features and constant updates make Fusion an application that cant be beat.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 10.0
Based on 2 answers
As I have said 3-4 times in this review, VMware fusion is the best application for system vitalization on Apple Workstations. I have tried all the others and you get what you pay for in the cases of free applications. Even when tested against paid options, Fusion is the best for me and my team.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 9.8
Based on 6 answers
I have never contacted VMware, but there is a lot of support online on message boards, forums, StackOverflow, YouTube tutorial videos, and the like. VMware has been around nine years longer than its leading competitor, VirtualBox, although both seem to have a good presence of online user communities who can help solve issues that come up.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Implementation Rating

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 10.0
Based on 1 answer
This is a workstation application and no install insights are needed.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

VMware Fusion

I've heard of other/competitive software but frankly once I tried VMware, I never looked back. There is absolutely nothing that I need that this product does not deliver. It's fast, effective and seems to be extremely durable and reliable. My only concern (and minor) might have to do with memory resources, but frankly it has not been an issue yet.
Anonymous | 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

VMware Fusion

  • Being less expensive than the competition, it has enabled us to deploy more computers for our students
  • It has reduced the effort to manage and update that our IT staff have to exert to keep the systems up-to-date
  • It has provided our students with a great learning environment that is flexible and allows for fine control of resource utilization
Stefan Semo | 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

VMware Fusion

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

VMware Fusion
8.9
VMware Workstation
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

VMware Fusion
10.0
VMware Workstation

Usability

VMware Fusion
10.0
VMware Workstation

Support Rating

VMware Fusion
9.8
VMware Workstation
6.7

Implementation Rating

VMware Fusion
10.0
VMware Workstation

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