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We performed a comparison between VMware Fusion and VMware Player based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"The most value that it provides is that it is versatile."

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"It's really easy to build testing environments with VMware Player.""VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously."

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Cons
"I would like to see newer and updated cloud functions."

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"VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround.""The tool has limited scalability."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost varies depending on the season and whether it is scaled up or scaled down, but I would guess that it's approximately $1,000 per month."
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    Top Answer:The most value that it provides is that it is versatile.
    Top Answer:We don't have any issues with the pricing. The cost varies depending on the season and whether it is scaled up or scaled down, but I would guess that it's approximately $1,000 per month.
    Top Answer:I would like to see newer and updated cloud functions.
    Top Answer:VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously.
    Top Answer:VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround. It would be an improvement if there were some kind of mixture between the… more »
    Top Answer:I mainly use VMware Player to test things in my home lab.
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    Overview
    VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor for Macintosh computers. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on virtual machines, along with their Mac OS X operating system using a combination of paravirtualization, hardware virtualization and dynamic recompilation.

    VMware Player, or VMware Player Plus, is described by VMware as the easiest way to run a virtual machine on Windows or Linux PCs in a commercial environment. If you want to deliver a managed desktop to your employees, customers, students, contractors, or partners, then this virtual desktop solution is the way to go.

    VMware Player provides the most advanced virtualization platform available, which is capable of supporting even extremely demanding applications. Even though the platform is so advanced, the user interface is simple and easy-to-use.

    There is seamless integration with Windows XP and Windows XP applications even if the machine itself is a Windows 7 PC, a Windows 8 PC, or even Linux-based. It also gives your IT person the capability of restricting the virtual machines by requiring runtime passwords, adding an expiration date, blocking USB devices, or encrypting the machines. By using VMware vCenter Converter, VMware Player can even convert old machines into virtual machines without you needing to re-configure or re-install any applications.

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    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Educational Organization10%
    University7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    VMware Fusion is ranked 7th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 1 review while VMware Player is ranked 10th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 2 reviews. VMware Fusion is rated 10.0, while VMware Player is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of VMware Fusion writes "Simple to use, install, and maintain, with prompt technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Player writes "Simple to set up, user-friendly, and makes building test environments easy". VMware Fusion is most compared with VMware Workstation, Parallels Desktop, VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, whereas VMware Player is most compared with VMware Workstation, VMware Horizon, Parallels Desktop, VMware Horizon View and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services.

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