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"The whole point of it is to run Windows VMs on a Mac. This is the most valuable feature. There is snapshotting, but we don't really use that. The Pro version allows me to actually attach to the Windows ESXi infrastructure at the backend, and I'm able to create a session that I can attach to the VMware hooks at the backend, so one is running a VM, and the whole operating system is running on the actual Mac. The other one is literally a frontend to the VMs that are running in the infrastructure at the backend. These are the two main features I use."

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

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"The way they handle snapshotting can be improved. One time, I moved a machine from one to another, and I tried to pull it up on the second machine, but it didn't work. This was because I had not cleaned up the snapshot before I deleted it and moved it across. So, when I tried to pull it up, it wouldn't let me bring it up. The backups for the VMs themselves can also be improved. I pretty much have to rely on Windows backups and not something on VMware. That's where it needs improvement. I am able to upload from my Fusion into the ESXi easily. I'm able to spin something up on Fusion and push it into the big arena, but the reverse is not as easy, that is, trying to pull something down from that. I would love to have a functionality where I could pull something from the VMware infrastructure into Fusion, but I'm not sure if I can take something from ESXi and pull it into Fusion."

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"Performance could be improved, it's somewhat clunky.""I would want to see features included that make deployment easier.""Lacks the ability to clone onto another system rather than starting from scratch.""The price should be reduced."

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"Starting with version 12, it is now free on a Mac for personal use. Fusion Pro has a cost."

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"Licensing costs are paid on a yearly basis."

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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: Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice.
Top Answer: For our needs, the issue is that there is no way to take an existing system out of the testing environment, clone it with everything that it's currently set up on, and put it into production without… more »
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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 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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Top Industries
Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company19%
Educational Organization7%
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business36%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise45%
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VMware Fusion is ranked 8th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 1 review while VMware Workstation is ranked 5th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 4 reviews. VMware Fusion is rated 8.0, while VMware Workstation is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of VMware Fusion writes "Rock solid, more flexible than other solutions, and good support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "Excellent for testing and provides insight without having to purchase licenses". VMware Fusion is most compared with VMware Player, VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon 7, Parallels Desktop and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, VMware Horizon View, Hyper-V, KVM and Parallels Desktop.

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