VMware Workstation Review

The Best Desktop Virtualization Tool

Valuable Features:

It was in March 2010, when I first experienced VMware Workstation when my superior asked me to setup a LAMP server in my desktop computer. At first I was hesitant but I started to love it because of the following reasons: • It is very easy to use and no complications in installation • It runs multiple operating systems such as Linux, Ubuntu, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 at the same time without rebooting • It replicates server and desktop environments using snapshots, replays and clones • It has web interface which easily manage and control virtual machines • It integrates Visual Studio, Eclipse and many applications including MySQL, MSSQL and IBM DB2 • It supports 3D Graphics, HD audio, USB 2.0 and 3.0, folder sharing and hardware devices sharing such as Camera and Bluetooth

Room for Improvement:

VMware Workstations is for desktop use only and is pricey. The latest VMware workstation which is Workstation 9 costs $249.

Other Advice:

VMware workstation is expensive but with its excellent features and performance for a desktop, the cost is nothing. You can use VMware Workstation to develop softwares and applications, test, check and analyze the performance of softwares and experience different virtual network environments such as stand-alone or client–server environments. I am definitely recommending VMware workstation to my fellow programmers, IT professionals, software and systems engineers, teacher and students who want to explore and take advantage of the power of desktop virtualization.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
1 visitor found this review helpful
Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employeesVendor

Despite the high cost and limitation of where VMware Workstation can be applied, would you trade it for an alternative virtualization product? Why not?

04 August 13
kapilmalik1983ConsultantTOP REVIEWER

I believe we can install VMWare workstation at free of cost and install guest operating system on it. What additional features do we get by paying for its license?

05 August 13
Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employeesVendor

@kapilmalik1983 - If a product is not designed as an open source program, one must pay for its license unless they have enough dollars to pay in fines when caught. However, can you explain how this is possible?

08 September 13
Virtualization Counsultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employeesConsultant

@Kapilmalik1983 - You can try VMware Workstation for 30 days and after that you should pay for its license.
@tina5giga - Oracle VirtualBox is free but has few limitation. you can see it yourself. But until there is a competition Industry don't go to let their software be free until there are few limitation on it.

08 September 13
kapilmalik1983ConsultantTOP REVIEWER

@tina5giga and @Armin..........I agree with both of you.

08 September 13
Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employeesVendor

@Armin - Thank you for the response. The trial version is only good for businesses that are not sure of the virtualization product to opt for. A business that knows what entails the VMware Workstation should not use the trial version but pay for the product license.
@Kapilmalik - Thank you.

15 September 13

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