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Score 8.4 out of 101
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Score 8.4 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

VMware Fusion

VM Fusion is the best virtualization platform for Macs. It is suited for any implementation for workstation virtualization.
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VMware Workstation

We have used VMware Workstation to virtualize old servers/workstations operating systems that are running on really ancient hardware. By doing this we are have reduced our hardware maintenance cost, power consumption, and cooling costs. It also does well when you are testing the deployment of new software packages or operating systems. This allows IT computers to be free of the bloatware that comes with so many software suites, upgrades for us just requires moving files around.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Remote Administration

VMware Fusion
7.1
VMware Workstation
Screen sharing
VMware Fusion
6.5
VMware Workstation
File transfer
VMware Fusion
7.9
VMware Workstation
Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication
VMware Fusion
4.3
VMware Workstation
Access to sleeping/powered-off computers
VMware Fusion
6.2
VMware Workstation
Over-the-Internet remote session
VMware Fusion
5.5
VMware Workstation
Initiate remote control from mobile
VMware Fusion
5.7
VMware Workstation
Remote management of servers & workstations
VMware Fusion
8.9
VMware Workstation
Remote Active Directory® management
VMware Fusion
7.5
VMware Workstation
Centralized management dashboard
VMware Fusion
7.6
VMware Workstation
Session record
VMware Fusion
5.3
VMware Workstation
Annotations
VMware Fusion
9.5
VMware Workstation
Monitoring and Alerts
VMware Fusion
7.4
VMware Workstation
Multi-platform remote control
VMware Fusion
10.0
VMware Workstation

Server Virtualization

VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
8.7
Virtual machine automated provisioning
VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
8.9
Management console
VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
8.2
Live virtual machine backup
VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
9.3
Live virtual machine migration
VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
8.9
Hypervisor-level security
VMware Fusion
VMware Workstation
8.3

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.
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VMware Workstation

  • Segregates networking
  • Virtualizing multiple operating systems
  • Resource management
  • Device redirection (USB, printers)
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Cons

VMware Fusion

  • Running VMware Fusion in Unity on a Mac is not always reliable. Sometimes, launching a Windows app just does not work. Either it will not come up or will not run with the same settings I had I opened it in the original VM.
  • Continuing on Unity mode, it just doesn't feel as straight forward and simple as the rest of the program is.
  • Sometimes, after I have been using a Windows VM for a few months, VMware Fusion will say its messed up and ask me to try to repair it, and of course I can never get a successful repair, so I have to recreate the VM.
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VMware Workstation

  • Audio can be a bit on the laggy side.
  • Having to reboot for every update and VM reboots for VMtools updates.
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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.
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VMware Workstation

No score
No answers yet
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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.
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VMware Workstation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 9.3
Based on 3 answers
Security patches and constant updates keep Fusion a leader. I have had to contact support 1 or 2 times and my issues were identified and resolved quickly.
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VMware Workstation

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion 10.0
Based on 1 answer
This is a workstation application and no install insights are needed.
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VMware Workstation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

VMware Fusion

I have only used VMware Fusion, but I selected it compared to its competitors because of the reviews I read and the demos I saw. My decision was based on these factors: (1) reliability - this app is very stable; (2) simultaneous environments - some competitors require you to reboot the computer to switch between MacOS and Windows... with VMware Fusion, switching environments is as easy as switching between any other apps on your Mac; (3) value - the price was competitive, and the feature set made it the best value, in my opinion.
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VMware Workstation

By far better than Oracle Virtual Box. If you want to create a similar environment for your team members working around the globe in order to work on the same project, this is the best solution available, or else you can go for some online editors like on Cloud9 and have the headache of creating a similar environment. Very good software for using a different OS image on the same OS. I have used Mac image, Kali and Ubuntu image on VMware using it on Windows and it works perfect for me.
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Return on Investment

VMware Fusion

  • Saves money by not running your development servers on server hardware
  • Allow end users to only have one client device instead of two
  • Works well when migrating VMs into production.
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VMware Workstation

  • Image building is much faster
  • Thinapp environment is much better maintained than with other virtualization software
  • Users are much happier because of the ease of use and features of VMware.
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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

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