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"The solution is easy to use, user-friendly interface and has high availability features. When comparing it to other solutions it is more robust.""The most valuable feature of vSphere is its modularity. I also like the maturity updates. It's available everywhere and almost all the data centers are using it.""The speed of the solution is excellent.""The performance is efficient.""VMware vSphere has useful tools for management and support.""This solution's most valuable feature is its High Availability.""Stability and scalability are the most valuable features of this solution.""I like the capability of vMotion, DRS, high availability, and resource distribution."

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"Great at solving connection problems.""I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use.""VMware Workstation is great for migrating and patching operating systems.""Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice.""Technical support is very good."

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"The initial setup is quite complex.""An improvement could be in terms of keeping up with the upgrades. The upgrades could be set in an automated way so that the newer features don't require you to manually update, or you get an option to update automatically. This would be a useful enhancement.""If they improve on the knowledge base and documentation, it would be extremely helpful.""An area for improvement is that when comparing VMware to Nutanix, Nutanix has higher availability, like clustering for virtual machines. That is a good idea and VMware could profit from something like that for higher availability installations.""Integration with different platforms could be improved.""The technical support is good. However, it could be more seamless when it comes to chat support and lower response times.""One problem that needs fixing is when we run the backup for the servers, the servers become inaccessible to everybody on-site while it is creating a snapshot.""Here in Egypt, we would like everything free. So if you give us the license for free, we would be thrilled."

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"The price should be reduced.""Lacks the ability to clone onto another system rather than starting from scratch.""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.""I would want to see features included that make deployment easier."

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  • "The license of VMware is a one-time payment and you can continue to enroll in support for troubleshooting and also administer the licenses."
  • "Do not buy based on price alone. Many of my customers chose the lowest cost option only to discover that the additional funds needed to access even a few more features would have been money well spent. Likewise, if you are going to spend more money on additional features, then have a plan to actually deploy and integrate those features into your infrastructure. Many customers never take full advantage of the many features that they are paying for and that can be avoided by being proactive in developing your overall vision for the infrastructure."
  • "You will find the cost is reasonably cheaper."
  • "It is expensive in terms of cost, licensing, and professional services."
  • "VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "In my opinion, the essential version is a good price."
  • "The price of this solution is mid-range."
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  • "Licensing costs are paid on a yearly basis."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    author avatarSteffen Hornung
    Real User

    This question is like what do you prefer?

    Wordpad or Word?

    Both are useful, just for different things. So one would probably end up using both.

    Would you it-central-stationeers stop with this nonsense already?

    author avatarStevePham

    if it is for business or enterprise-class virtualization, vSphere solution is the way to go. 

    Workstation is used for lab.

    author avatarSyed Abid Hussain
    Real User

    Both are VMWare products.

    simply v-sphere is a hypervisor Tier-1 technology stack

    VMWare workstation is a desktop release installed on windows or Linux OS

    if your requirement is limited need few VMs for testing purpose you can go for Workstation.

    but if you need production VMs you need a separate independent hardware server for v-sphere esxi hypervisor. 

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    DEEPEN DHULLA did explain well IOMMU. IOMMU has to be activated at the bios level. It exists on Intel and AMD platforms. It is used a lot inside virtualization platforms like VMware VSphere. It… more »
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    We use VMware and KVM. We find that KVM is a lot simpler to use and it provides the virtualization we need for Linux and Windows. For us, VMware does not offer any advantage. Moreover, KVM is free.
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    We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface that allows you to talk directly to your VM from the present software. We found… more »
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    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 »
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    I would like to see the stability improve. We have experienced some crashes on our devices. The configuration could be simplified. I would want to see features included that make deployment easier.
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    VMware vSphere is the leading server virtualization platform with consistent management for virtual data centers.

    Deliver business value from day one with powerful server virtualization, breakthrough availability, safe automated management and intelligent operational insight that adapts to your environment. Automate workload placement and resource optimization based on preset customizable templates.

    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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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise45%
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise46%
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    Large Enterprise45%
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    VMware vSphere is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 119 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 5th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 5 reviews. VMware vSphere is rated 8.8, while VMware Workstation is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of VMware vSphere writes "An easy way of providing near-zero downtime services". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "Excellent for testing and provides insight without having to purchase licenses". VMware vSphere is most compared with Hyper-V, Proxmox VE, KVM, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Oracle VM, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware Horizon View, Hyper-V, KVM, Proxmox VE and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services.

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