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Score 9.2 out of 100

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Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    VMware Fusion

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.2

    vSphere

    92%
    vSphere ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    59 Ratings

    Management console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    64 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    57 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    62 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    59 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • VMware Fusion is rated higher in 2 areas: Support Rating, Implementation Rating
    • vSphere is rated higher in 1 area: Usability
    • VMware Fusion and vSphere are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.4

    VMware Fusion

    94%
    19 Ratings
    9.4

    vSphere

    94%
    67 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    VMware Fusion

    100%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    vSphere

    100%
    6 Ratings

    Usability

    9.0

    VMware Fusion

    90%
    3 Ratings
    9.3

    vSphere

    93%
    11 Ratings

    Support Rating

    10.0

    VMware Fusion

    100%
    10 Ratings
    9.0

    vSphere

    90%
    36 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    10.0

    VMware Fusion

    100%
    2 Ratings
    9.0

    vSphere

    90%
    4 Ratings

    Contract Terms and Pricing Model

    VMware Fusion

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5

    vSphere

    85%
    6 Ratings

    Professional Services

    VMware Fusion

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.7

    vSphere

    97%
    3 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    VMware

    Due to its perpetual licensing model, VMware Fusion is a great option for users whose needs do not change as much over time. It is also great for occasional-use scenarios such as testing and preparing code to run on newer platforms. Fusion is not really recommended for running graphics-intense applications as graphics acceleration in Fusion is fairly limited in both performance and API support. It has, however, come a very long way and offers near-native performance for many tasks.
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    VMware

    vSphere is well suited for multiple VMWare hosts and can be very useful in larger enterprises where vMotion is used to load balance and failover running virtual machines. In smaller businesses with one or two hosts then the features can be overkill. The addition of virtual TPM support is a very nice addition to provide vm security in a more Microsoft supported methodology.
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    Pros

    VMware

    • Allows users to run Windows only applications on their Mac without switching devices.
    • Fusion is excellent for Windows image creation, and works exceptionally well on the Mac environment.
    • Assists a Mac user to virtualize Windows apps.
    • Excellent for installing Linux distros for penetration testing.
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    VMware

    • vMotion that provides seamless movement of Virtual Machines between physical hosts and datastores.
    • Ease of Manage: vCenter provides very good management experience to the users.
    • It provides hassle free upgrade of versions, which requires good planning.
    • Easy to manage datastore, networks, CPU and memory resources.
    • It also allows to convert the physical machine and bring it to vSphere Environment with minimum effort.
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    Cons

    VMware

    • 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.
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    VMware

    • Allow enable EVC without requiring host shutdown
    • More detail in recent tasks. Instead of just showing a task called "Reconfigure virtual machine" also have a link to more detailed information as to what was reconfigured, changed or removed.
    • Allow searching tasks or events
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    Pricing Details

    VMware Fusion

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    VMware Fusion editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      vSphere

      Starting Price

      $995 per year

      Editions & Modules

      vSphere editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Standard$995.001
      Enterprise$3,995.002

      Footnotes

      1. per year
      2. per year

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      VMware

      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

      We are constantly looking for change that will benefit our company. We are not ones to stick with a product simply because it is what we know, but rather looking for what fits us best. We can't imagine another product on the market today doing a better job of handling our infrastructure than vSphere.
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      Usability

      VMware

      Sometimes the best surprise is no surprise and Fusion is just that. It's reliable and generally just works as expected every time (the only exception was running a boot camp install directly but that use-case scenario opens a can of worms due to how product activation works) The interface and settings are clean and simple and there is no hide and seek games to play.
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      VMware

      It is a highly documented suite. If you are unsure of how to do something, a simple search will yield hundreds of results showing you how to do it. Support is also available if you need to talk to an expert.
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      Support Rating

      VMware

      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.
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      VMware

      I rarely ever have to contact support and when I do need to resolve an issue, there is always an abundance of kb articles and research information available that can help quickly resolve the issue. Depending on the type of support contract you have, you may get support from some offshore group in another country and this could be a little challenging because of the language barrier.
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      Implementation Rating

      VMware

      This is a workstation application and no install insights are needed.
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      VMware

      Just make sure that when you implement, that the person implementing truly knows what they are doing and has a plan of action coming in. Since our initial implementation using a consulting service, I have implemented a few vSphere just from what I learned at the initial implementation and use over time, and the person implementing really needs to know what they are doing or you will miss out on features that may help you down the line
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      Alternatives Considered

      VMware

      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.
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      VMware

      vSphere has a lot more feature sets than Hyper-V but at a much higher cost of entry versus MS Hyper-V. I have not been able to play with Hyper-V as much as I would have liked, but the setup and ongoing maintenance seems to be easier in vSphere than with Hyper-V
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      Contract Terms and Pricing Model

      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      VMware

      The pricing of the product is high as compared to the other products available in the market. All the editions have different pricing you can choose according to your need. The pricing is expensive but it is worth it. You can check the requirements on the company website as per the number of VMs and ESXi hosts.
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      Professional Services

      VMware

      No answers on this topic

      VMware

      As I said earlier, they're always ready to understand our issues and propose the best and most appropriate solution for issues all the time. The security patches solution is accordingly to the business needs. Another scenario is their Knowledge Base where
      they're many articles that help you in order to solve something which
      is wrong.
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      Return on Investment

      VMware

      • Users using a VM often don't need something as "fancy" as VMware Fusion, and instead can use a free option like Virtual Box, so we waste money on using an extra amount of VMware Fusion licenses.
      • Developers using and IT admins using VMware Fusion for testing saves us time and money. Simply, we know mistakes would take time and money to fix, but VMware is powerful, allows for proper and fast testing.
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      VMware

      • Having vSphere helped my business quickly recover from a ransomware attack which would have crippled us for weeks if we were not virtualized. I think the ROI on something like that is immeasurable.
      • vSphere has allowed my company to purchase bigger server hardware to host 3 or 4 virtual servers, which was at a cost much lower than buying 3 or 4 server hardware boxes, saving us thousands each time we need to upgrade hardware.
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