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What is VMware Fusion?

Vmware Fusion is a virtual user session software built to run Windows applications on Macintosh to run any Windows applications.

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9 out of 10
May 16, 2017
It is being used by the entire organization. Generally we use Macs, so we use it for a Windows environment for programs that require that.
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Vmware Fusion is a virtual user session software built to run Windows applications on Macintosh to run any Windows applications.

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What is VMware Fusion?

VMware Fusion: Desktop Hypervisors for Mac

Software designed to give users the freedom to be more productive, agile and secure in a preferred environment. IT professionals, developers and businesses can use VMware Fusion desktop hypervisors for OS support, rock-solid stability and advanced features. With Fusion Player and Fusion Pro, run nearly any OS as VMs on Mac for development, testing, gaming or even simulating production clouds on local desktops.

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Vmware Fusion is a virtual user session software built to run Windows applications on Macintosh to run any Windows applications.

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The most common users of VMware Fusion are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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VMware Fusion has become a valuable tool for users across various industries and professions. Users have found it particularly useful in virtualizing firewalls, test systems, and OS-specific applications that are unavailable on Macs. It offers developers the ability to spin up Linux servers for early-stage development before pushing the code to an internet-facing dev server for client review. Additionally, users appreciate how VMware Fusion allows for easy maintenance of different VM images to safely and efficiently test various application environments. Furthermore, it has been used as a lab rat to test code against bleeding edge versions of PHP and popular web apps.

For businesses relying on Intel Macs, VMware Fusion proves essential by enabling them to run Windows-only business-related applications without the need for multiple physical hardware or rebooting. The software is also utilized by IT departments to test changes, such as group policy adjustments, before pushing them out. End-users in finance benefit from using VMware Fusion to seamlessly run different financial software on their Macs. Charter school management organizations have leveraged this software to virtualize MS Windows on iMacs for compatibility with Windows-only programs.

Overall, VMware Fusion fills the gap between Mac and Windows environments by allowing users to seamlessly run Windows-based software on their Macs, eliminating the need for separate computers. It provides a versatile solution for developers and quality analysts to test web development on Windows browsers like Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Users appreciate its simplicity in dealing with disk partitioning, assigning RAM to new operating systems, and its feature-rich offerings like capturing snapshots and changing networks. By providing access to critical Windows applications while still enjoying the benefits of a Mac system, VMware Fusion has been enthusiastically adopted by organizations using predominantly Macs.

Intuitive User Interface: Reviewers have consistently praised the intuitive and easy-to-navigate user interface of VMware Fusion. Many users have found it straightforward to locate and customize settings, such as adjusting the hard disk size. This user-friendly interface has made it convenient for users to manage their virtual machines without any hassle.

Snapshot Functionality: The option to create and restore snapshots in VMware Fusion has received high praise from a significant number of reviewers. Users have found this feature to be both useful and easy to use. It allows them to quickly revert back to a previous state if any issues arise during their work, providing them with peace of mind.

Seamless Integration with macOS: The seamless integration of VMware Fusion with macOS has been highly regarded by many users. They appreciate features like the ability to copy and paste between environments, run applications in full screen mode for an immersive experience, and launch apps directly from the Mac desktop. This tight integration enhances productivity and convenience for users working across different operating systems on their Mac computers.

Outdated User Interface: Some users have expressed that the user interface of VMware Fusion is in need of improvement, stating that it has taken a step back and lacks modern design elements.

Unreliable Remote Host Connections: Several users have reported experiencing spotty remote host connections with VMware Fusion, making it difficult for them to establish stable connections and causing frustration during remote work or collaboration.

Difficulty Configuring Boot Camp Install: Some users have found configuring a boot camp install to run inside macOS via VMware Fusion to be tricky. This process can lead to license activation issues for certain applications, adding complexity to the setup process.

Users commonly recommend VMware Fusion for several reasons. Firstly, they suggest using VMware Fusion as the best option for running Windows on a MacBook and as an alternative to having a second laptop. Users also believe that VMware Fusion is worth the license price due to the time-saving benefits it provides. Additionally, users recommend VMware Fusion for its simplicity and ease of use in setting up and running virtual machines. They praise its stability, hardware sharing capabilities, and ability to make Windows software compatible with a Mac. Ultimately, users suggest considering VMware Fusion if you need to run programs not available on MacOSX or if your company pays for a MacBook.

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Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use VMWare Fusion to run disk images of Windows operating systems on a Mac, as well as running VMWare Fusion on a Debian Linux machine to run other Linux environments. The reason for this is so we can save a pristine climate configured perfectly for a project without risk of corrupting the environment by changing configuration variables on the host operating system.
  • Running isolated software development environments. Setting up environment variables and installing the right software versions for a given project can be time consuming and fragile. By doing all of this within a virtual disk image, we can easily switch between software environments without risk of breaking anything.
  • Running Windows-only programs on a Mac is invaluable. We use MacBook Pro laptops for our primary development environment. There are simply some programs we cannot run on OS X. Having VMWare Fusion is an invaluable asset for running Windows apps on Mac laptops on the go.
  • This is not the fault of VMWare Fusion, per se, but the disk images are rather large. Being able to have one parent disk image and then save smaller variants of the disk image with slight changes would be nice.
  • Copying files to and from the disk image and its host machine is a little bit clunky. It would be nice to be able to drag-and-drop files. I have read that this is possible but have not personally been able to get it working, so instead, I just put files in a shared folder. It's not too tricky, and I imagine there is a way to get drag-and-drop working, but it doesn't seem to work right out of the box, at least for me.
  • VMWare Fusion is well-suited when you need to share development environments between developers, or when you need to run a Windows environment on a Mac (or vice versa). It is also well-suited for backing up development environments so you can be guaranteed that you've saved the necessary configuration to build a software project, even if the hard drive fails.
  • VMWare Fusion is less well-suited for software projects that are not complex to set up, as there is no need to add the extra step (and use the extra disk space) of saving an image of the environment when you can just put the code on GitHub.
  • VMWare Fusion has had a positive impact insofar as it has mitigated our need to purchase Windows laptops to be able to run Windows applications (as we use MacBook Pro laptops as our primary development environments).
  • It has also saved countless hours in environment configuration by allowing us to configure an environment once in a virtual machine and then save it as a disk image.
  • GitHub and Bitbucket are both used by our company for code sharing and are much easier to use for collaborative source code versioning. We internally use GitHub and have some clients who use Bitbucket. In some cases, we have software projects that are very hard to configure, taking days or weeks of software environment setup to get them building. In these cases, we get the software development environment working in a virtual machine using VMware Fusion, although we typically also put the code in a source code versioning repository like GitHub.
  • I have used Parallels and VirtualBox before as well, and they were fine, but I have more experience with VMware Fusion. I did not have any complaints with VirtualBox when I used it before. I also found Parallels to be just fine for running Windows 10 if your host computer is a Mac running OS X. VMware Fusion offers more functionality than Parallels and similar functionality to VirtualBox. Ultimately, we were more familiar with VMware Fusion and had more experience with it.
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our company switched from PC based to Mac based back in 2012. For the most part, our applications are MAC OS. However, we have not found a suitable Mac version of our bookkeeping software, QuickBooks. We found the simplest and most elegant solution is to partition our computer and run the PC version of QuickBooks on the Mac. I'm quite satisfied with the combo and the recent upgrade to VMware 11 is FANTASTIC.
  • Running PC software on a Mac.
  • Easy file transfer and file sharing across platforms.
  • Setup a bit too cryptic.
  • Options could use some easier direction.
We could NOT use our preferred bookkeeping software without this fantastic tool. Well implemented. I'm sure if there was another software application that required the Microsoft Operating System, I would not hesitate to install it on VMware.
  • VMware allows me to use my favorite software without having to have a separate computer.
  • Extremely cost-affordable for the return.
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.
It does what it says, and it does it well. AND...the technical support is second to none. Within an hour, I'm getting a phone call back from a COMPETENT ENGINEER that knows what he/she is talking about. For the less than 6 times I've had to call, I NEVER had to be escalated to another tech support person. BRAVO!!!
Stefan Semo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As a charter school management organization, we strive to provide the best educational tools to our students. As such, we have deployed Mac labs utilizing Apple iMac computers, which work great for almost all curriculum, except some STEM and liberal arts applications that are not available for Mac. The decision to go with VMware Fusion was an easy one after we evaluated the available options for virtualizing MS Windows on the iMacs in order to get compatibility with some of the Windows-only programs. Unlike the competition, the VMware Fusion upgrade and update process as new versions come out is much simpler and as easy as point and click. it is also cheaper and its performance is on par with all the other visualization desktop products. A great addition to anyone's toolkit.
  • Accelerates Windows applications on Mac very smoothly.
  • Great options for VM management down to CPU cores and host RAM utilization.
  • Very easy to update/upgrade with just a click of the mouse.
  • Video Acceleration could be improved.
  • More features can be added for integration to the host OS, such as to send email to VM client.
  • Smoother coherence.
  • Wherever there is a need to run Windows applications on Macs and one needs a quick and simple way to deploy this support as well as an easy way to update the application.
  • Environments where batch deployment is valued (enterprise) will be best suited by VMware Fusion with its ease of deployment.
  • Cost-conscious buyers would appreciate the lower costs of purchase, update, and upgrades that come with 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
It's an excellent product that performs desktop virtualization very well and requires little to no maintenance.
Honestly, we never had any issue so there was no need to reach out to support for anything. I would assume that given experience by others as well, they are not too busy.
VMWare Fusion is easier to deploy and manage than Parallels and also has a much simpler and less expensive licensing system. For us these are win-win.
Alex Waitkus, CISSP-ISSAP, OSCP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
VMware Fusion is the preferred workstation virtualization application for Mac users. It allows users to virtualize a multitude of operating systems on their workstation. We have used Fusion to virtualize firewalls, test systems for development and running OS specific applications that are unavailable on Macs.
  • Managing workstation-specific virtualization for Mac.
  • Host/Guest resource management.
  • Feature and patch releases are added several times a year to make sure Fusion maintains its leadership role
  • 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.
VM Fusion is the best virtualization platform for Macs. It is suited for any implementation for workstation virtualization.
  • Positive - OS virtualization for the Mac workstation
  • Positive - better OS resource management than other platforms - keeping users more productive
VM Fusion is a leader. It has more functionality and capability for workstation virtualization application. Its unity view and resource management of virtual guests is far superior to any other Mac workstation virtualization applications on the market.
Cybersecurity engineers, developers, etc. VMware Fusion allows users to virtualize any environment on their Apple workstations. This includes firewalls, application servers, etc. It gives our users the flexibility to test and assess applications, operating systems, and other systems before deployment. Users also use the unity mode to run Windows applications seamlessly on OSX where these applications may not be available.
VMWare fusion is a application that runs on OSX and doesn't require in house support. There are times where users assist others in configuration of virtual systems, but other than that the application is stable and is used by employees that understand what it is and how it works.
  • Security assessment of operating systems and appliances.
  • Security engineering of system configurations.
  • Secure development and testing of software.
  • Users can leverage VMware Fusion to connect remotely to virtual systems hosted in ESXi clusters.
  • This application doesn't contain much where it can be used innovatively.
  • VMware fusion is a straightforward application used to virtualize systems on OSX and doesn't really have many other ways to use the application.
  • A Mac could be set up to use VMware Fusion as a central virtual server but with the availability of ESXi this is not cost effective unless a fully segmented architecture is desired.
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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  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
Fusion is hands down the best virtualization application for Apple workstations. Other platforms come close but don't offer the features and flexibility of Fusion.
There is nothing I would change. I tried all software that is similar to VMware Fusion and if I were to do it again, I would try all options and assess functionality, features, etc in the same way.
  • Implemented in-house
Change management was minimal
Install of this application requires no change management. It is a simple install process like any other desktop applications.
  • I did not encounter any issues.
This is a workstation application and no install insights are needed.
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.
The times I contacted VMware for Fusion support my issues were resolved with identification of the issue and training on how to work around my issue or notification of a patch.
  • Install of Operating systems to create virtual machines.
  • Deployment of virtual system/appliance templates (OVA, etc.).
  • With the exception of 1 OS - VMWare tools are easy to install, manipulate, and leverage for full system unity.
  • Some systems require manipulation of the virtual config files to make changes or optimize the system - this is not difficult for me but may be for others.
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.
Kurt Pritchett | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use VMware Fusion for end-user Windows desktops for our IT department. We've also used VMware Fusion for our server development and testing. I love the fact that you can easily isolate a test bed for development. Using Fusion for running Windows clients on end-users' laptops gives us a way to access locally installed applications that may not be available when the network is unavailable.
  • VMware Fusion provides an excellent platform for running Microsoft Windows on a Mac.
  • VMware Fusion provides a way for our dev/ops team to run isolated servers and applications.
  • VMware Fusion is also very intuitive for our users.
  • VMware Fusion has the ability to open apps from the Mac desktop.
  • Installation could be easier.
  • Pricing is a little higher compared to other virtualization platforms.
  • Need the ability to covert VM to other platforms such as Hyper-V and others.
  • Need better ability for nested VMs.
VMware Fusion is well suited for testing environments. Developers can take their work home with them. Our development team loves the fact that they can access their test environment locally on their own desktops/laptops. I do not recommend that users run VMs running on fusion put these VMs into production. Fusion snapshots are a great feature for application testing.
  • 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.
VMware Fusion works much better for us because of the migration capabilities. We use VMware vSphere and the migration/conversion is seamless. Some of the other virtualization application do not covert or migrate VMs onto other platforms as easily.
vSphere with Operations Management (VSOM), Cohesity, Reduxio
Managers and IT staff.
Usually everyone is able to figure out how to install and manage on there own.
  • Running windows on our Mac devices
  • Ability to run windows applications from OSX platform
  • We've been able to free up system admins time by allowing users to build VMs on their own.
  • Hope to have dev/ops move from local app dev to production
This is the best virtualization platform.
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
Just the compatibility with vSphere
I wouldn't change anything in the eval process
This is not a critical enterprise application.
I love the product and suppport
Never had to call for support on this product.
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