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Score 9.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

vSphere

Good for an on-premise environment where you need control over your hardware and workloads. vSphere is suited for businesses of all sizes that require high-density workloads and want to minimize physical footprint if they can afford the cost of entry (licenses needed). Beware not to over-buy licensing needs for what is needed but when purchasing licensing, also be aware of what will be needed in 18-24 months in the future to size correctly.
Hans Huang | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

VMware Workstation
8.6
vSphere
9.0
Virtual machine automated provisioning
VMware Workstation
9.0
vSphere
9.0
Management console
VMware Workstation
8.4
vSphere
8.9
Live virtual machine backup
VMware Workstation
8.8
vSphere
9.0
Live virtual machine migration
VMware Workstation
8.6
vSphere
9.4
Hypervisor-level security
VMware Workstation
8.2
vSphere
9.0

Pros

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

vSphere

  • Makes your server hardware independent, so you no longer need to worry about hardware failure and where to find specific replacement parts.
  • Reallocation of server resources quickly and on the fly, so if your server is slowing down, you can beef it up with a few clicks of the mouse.
  • Server recovery, when there is a problem, you can restore a backed up entire virtual server to the recovered host or a new host quickly and easily.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

vSphere

  • The Web client is annoying - Ever since they deprecated the C# client, the web client has been a pain to use. The newest HTML5 client seems to finally be addressing this concern, but I still want the fat client back. Nothing was more reliable.
  • SDN should be included in pricing - VMware could lead the world into a software-defined network revolution, but for now, it costs so much, that only the most mature IT environments and larger companies can afford to pay to play that game.
Daniel Hereford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

VMware Workstation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

vSphere

vSphere 9.0
Based on 5 answers
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.
Aaron Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

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

vSphere

vSphere 9.0
Based on 11 answers
Never called vSphere with a problem that they haven't been able to sort. Depending on your issue, you could have a minor quirk that they will email you back with suggestions or links to kb articles, or if it's major, then they will call in pretty fast and remote on to have a look.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

VMware Workstation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

vSphere

vSphere 9.0
Based on 2 answers
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
Aaron Myers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

vSphere

vSphere does not have any competition, Hyper-V is light years behind! VMWare has always been about innovation and great features. My company has relied on them for over 10 years now, always been satisfied. The only bad thing they have going for them is their price, apart from that they are untouchable. I would strongly suggest anyone looking at virtual solutions to immediately look into vSphere, do not waste your time checking out Hyper-V or other solutions, they just don't have all the features and capabilities Vsphere has.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

vSphere

  • We've had a positive ROI since deploying vSphere in our environment. We were able to minimize the number of physical servers we had running by combining some servers and their apps into one virtual machine. We also experience less downtime since vSphere is equipped with a failover feature that will allow another virtual machine to take over if we have problems with one system. The reporting feature allows us to stay on top of application performance, system errors, and other necessary tasks that keep our environment running smoothly.
  • The only negative impact we've had is in the finance category. Buying and maintaining licenses and maintenance agreements is very expensive.
Roberta Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

VMware Workstation

General

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

vSphere

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

VMware Workstation
8.8
vSphere
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

VMware Workstation
vSphere
9.0

Support

VMware Workstation
6.7
vSphere
9.0

Implementation

VMware Workstation
vSphere
9.0

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