Virtually head and shoulders above the rest
Graham Murison | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated January 14, 2020

Virtually head and shoulders above the rest

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with VMware Workstation

VMware Workstation is used in IT operations for running lab environments, testing software solutions/updates. It also allows us to run multiple operating systems on one virtual host. We also have some other departments that required Android hardware in order to run ONE android application. Instead, what we did was deployed VMware Workstation for them and now they run Android through this virtualized platform. There are also some really old applications we have that are required more maintenance for one or two people. Instead, of trying to run it on old hardware we virtualized it and it runs as a Windows XP/2000 virtual machine on a Workstation host.
  • Segregates networking
  • Virtualizing multiple operating systems
  • Resource management
  • Device redirection (USB, printers)
  • Integration with other VMware products
  • More flexible networking functionality, like VLANs etc
  • Pricing
  • Save countless dollars because you are saving time during Windows upgrades
  • Allows testing outside the managed system for bandwidth testing, etc.
  • Costly compared to some other options
We briefly tested Virtualbox but found that Workstation had better performance, had a proven track record and the features that we were looking for. Workstation was also easier to install at the time we tested both. Workstation is also easier to configure, and the documentation has always been more superior than most IT vendors I have come across.
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.

VMware Workstation Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
Not Rated
Management console
8
Hypervisor-level security
7