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We performed a comparison between Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) and VMware Workstation based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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"You have the opportunity to virtualize applications in different locations. Everything is in one pane or one window, which is quite good.""Simplicity of the interface is a valuable feature.""The stability is ok - once I finished the setup, the system was quite stable.""Its price and ease of use are the most valuable. It is simple and has good performance."

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"It will not harm any of the computer settings to run a specific program. For example, if a program needs a specific security policy, we don't have to use the shared configuration. We have an individual copy of Windows installed on the virtual machine, so anybody can access that. It helps us a lot.""It is much more mature compared to Nutanix or SimpliVity when it's cross-platform based.""VMware Workstation is great for migrating and patching operating systems.""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.""The most valuable features of the VMware Workstation solutions are the ESXi and vCenter.""Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice.""Technical support is very good.""The performance is good."

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"If the solution crashes, then all the customers connected through that agent, lose their session.""From a seller's point of view, there are a lot of things that they could do better in the sales cycle.""Sometimes you need to understand how to use load balancing and the gateway in order to scale, which means the team may need some additional technical knowledge.""Generally, it is a very good solution. The main thing that I would improve is their presence here in Mexico. They don't have strong local support here in Mexico. They should have a worldwide presence so that we don't have to do everything through the people in the US. The initial setup was a little bit complex because we were migrating from Citrix. For customers who are migrating from another platform like VMware or Citrix, it would be great if they can provide an automated migration solution."

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"VMware Workstation has some network limitations which could improve, it is not as flexible as VMware NSX. Additionally, it could support operating systems better. I only run some Linux versions and Windows at the moment but it would be nice to be able to take whatever operating system you want and run it.""The price of VMware Workstation could improve.""The GUI interface could 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.""Performance could be improved, it's somewhat clunky.""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.""Lacks the ability to clone onto another system rather than starting from scratch.""It could have more platforms and CPUs."

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  • "It is very affordable."
  • "It is not that high. It is in the medium range. Of course, it could be lower, but the price is not the issue."
  • "I don't like the subscription model because it feels like I have to pay every month. If Parallels could go back to the professional license, it would be much better."
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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."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on an annual basis."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Its price and ease of use are the most valuable. It is simple and has good performance.
    Top Answer:Generally, it is a very good solution. The main thing that I would improve is their presence here in Mexico. They don't have strong local support here in Mexico. They should have a worldwide presence… 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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    ApplicationServer delivers applications, data and virtual desktops from a central location, providing continuous availability, resource-based load-balancing and complete network transparency.
    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
    Arsari Group _ PT Netmarks Indonesia, Izhevsk Elektromekhanicheskiy Zavod (IEMZ) _ Kupol, Abilene Diagnostic Clinic, Fylde Borough Council, YARSTROYREZE LLC, VSK Insurance House, Melenkovsky District of Vladimirskaya Oblast, Sofrigam SA, Antenna International, KingsGate Community Church, Norwegian American Hospital, Island Hotels Group, Medway Council, Medway Council, Voices of September 11th, MacDonald Training Center, Kansas Childrenês Service League, Scope,Next Generation Clubs, WTC Communications, Opera Australia, HSE Integrated, Danier, Bridgwater College, Kern County Mental Health, Tony Tiendas, Spears Manufacturing, Managed Insurance Services Inc., Intuitive Medical Software, M.J. Soffe, Mazda Motors, Israel Military Industries (IMI), Telfair, Upic Solutions, Teleflora, Fisher & Company
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    Top Industries
    Construction Company9%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Cloud Provider8%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise26%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) vs. VMware Workstation
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) vs. VMware Workstation and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is ranked 9th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 4 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 3rd in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 13 reviews. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is rated 9.6, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) writes "An excellent, simple interface for our customers; allows use of any browser on any platform". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "Easy to use, powerful virtualization capabilities, and good performance". Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is most compared with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware Horizon View, NVIDIA GRID and VMware Workspace ONE, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, KVM and Oracle VM VirtualBox. See our Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) vs. VMware Workstation report.

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