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We performed a comparison between Oracle VM and VMware Workstation based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Server Virtualization Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Oracle VM vs. VMware Workstation report (Updated: September 2022).
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"The solution is easy to use. You can spin one up when you need to and then shut it down.""The biggest advantage of Oracle VM is that you can separate your clusters to get your licenses agreement in scope.""It's a very mature product.""What I like the most is the failover and the quick restore of virtual machines.""It's a very flexible solution because you have all the commands that you can do yourself.""The network capabilities are good.""The stability is rock solid.""It's quite stable."

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"The performance is good.""The most valuable features of VMware Workstation are the speed of access and quality of upgrade. Those are the more important and pertinent aspects as far as we were concerned. Functionality and features were relevant for the customers. What a customer chose, we had to make sure that it operated.""The most valuable features of VMware Workstation are the DirectX support, you can run Microsoft Hyper-V in virtual environments which is good for me to test different installations. Additionally, you can set up different VLANs, and overall it is a complete solution.""Great at solving connection problems.""I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use.""We are able to simultaneously run multiple operating systems in a single machine and have virtually no performance hit.""It is much more mature compared to Nutanix or SimpliVity when it's cross-platform based.""Technical support is very good."

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Cons
"The performance could be better because I need to purchase a lot of CPUs to perform in the workbench.""I've found that using Oracle VM is like stepping back in time. It's not kept up with technology. The only reason anyone uses it is that they're afraid of Oracle's licensing. Oracle has a tremendously bad licensing approach.""The usage could be easier, and more user-friendly.""The solution is at its end of life and is about to be discontinued.""Integration with cloud products would be beneficial.""Something that could be improved are the snapshots that go in the ZFS Storage. If you want to enjoy Oracle VM, you will definitely want it to go together with ZFS Storage to maximize on the snapshot facility.""There are currently issues with centralized storage.""Productivity in Oracle VM could still be improved, and an additional feature to make the product better is compatibility with Kubernetes and other modern technologies."

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"The interface is a little wonky and needs to be improved.""Installing VMware Workstation isn't so easy. It's highly complex compared to Windows. I rate it four out of 10 for ease of installation. Setting up a remote desktop only takes a minute or so, but the Workstation itself takes some time.""I would want to see features included that make deployment easier.""Performance could be improved, it's somewhat clunky.""The price should be reduced.""My experience with Workstation is limited, so I don't know all the functionalities of this tool. Maybe Workstation could add some more compatibility with other vendors.""The price of VMware Workstation could improve.""It could have more platforms and CPUs."

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  • "With having a global contract, we get some discounts."
  • "All other vendors are selling their licenses to use the VM, but Oracle isn't doing that, which is its biggest advantage. It is free. All you have to do is get the hardware. You can create an unlimited number of VMs for free. With VMware, you have to purchase licenses for the number of VMs that you want to create. You only pay for their premium support, and even that is optional. I am now learning this product, and we can even do without the support."
  • "Oracle is free of charge, although you have to have a subscription for the support."
  • "The price compares well with other solutions."
  • "The licensing for Oracle VM solution is very nice because you license the box."
  • "The price of the license is expensive."
  • "Oracle VM pricing is expensive."
  • "The solution as a standalone product can not be purchased."
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  • "Licensing costs are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "The licensing costs are cheap. I pay approximately $100 per year."
  • "The cost differs depending on the customer's requirement."
  • "VMware Workstation has a high price than competitors in the market."
  • "With a VDI solution, there is always extra cost running a VDI solution but it's not for cost purposes anymore. In the beginning, it was to save money on hardware but at the moment it's other aspects that are more important why you should use a VDI solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I would prefer if KVM was easier to scale and not so limited. Overall the product has been helpful. It is easy to use, and was quite straight-forward to set up. Since I have been using KVM, I have not… more »
    Top Answer:Oracle VM seems to me to be kind of outdated. Nevertheless, it is fairly straightforward to use and maintain. The solution can just be set and you can forget about it, and the scalability is… more »
    Top Answer:VM Workstation’s setup is so easy, you can use it almost instantly, it works well with Windows and Linux. We like VM Workstation primarily to test environments to determine how well a solution will… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of the VMware Workstation solutions are the ESXi and vCenter.
    Top Answer:The price of VMware solutions could improve.
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    Overview

    Oracle VM for x86

    Oracle VM for x86 is a Xen based server virtualization platform for public and private cloud and traditional on premise deployment. Oracle VM offers full lifecycle and application deployment from disk to cloud.

    Designed and optimized for security, efficiency and performance Oracle VM supports major hardware vendors x86 and storage platforms and can run workloads on Linux, Windows and Oracle Solaris. Uniquely for our virtualization platform it offers live patching via Ksplice enhancing security and minimizing service disruption. Oracle VM supports hard partitioning which can significantly reduce software applications licensing costs.

    Oracle VM for SPARC

    Oracle VM for SPARC is a firmware based virtualization platform for Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC based servers running Solaris. Oracle VM supports hard partitioning which can significantly reduce software applications licensing costs.

    VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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    Sample Customers
    Ambulance Victoria, Australian Finance Group (AFG), Avnet Technology Solutions, CERN, cloudKleyer, Danish Tax Authority (SKAT), Data Intensity, Dubai World, Engineers Australia, Enkitec, Groupe FLO, Guerra S.A. Implemento, s Rodovišrios, Interactive One, IT Convergence, Jesta Digital, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, KT, Kyoto Prefecture, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory / National Ignition Facility, Multinet Pakistan, National Australia Bank (NAB), Navis LLC, Overhead Door, Overstock.com, Paragon Data, Parks Victoria, Pella, Sunway Shared Services, St. Louis Metro, Terminales Ro de la Plata S.A., University of Massachusetts, Versace,
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    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Local Government7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Government17%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    University8%
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    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise26%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Oracle VM is ranked 6th in Server Virtualization Software with 13 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 3rd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 12 reviews. Oracle VM is rated 8.8, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Oracle VM writes "Good documentation and a simple setup but has a terrible licensing structure". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "Easy to use, powerful virtualization capabilities, and good performance". Oracle VM is most compared with KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox, VMware vSphere, Proxmox VE and Nutanix AHV Virtualization, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Parallels Desktop.

    We monitor all Server Virtualization Software reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.