VMware Workstation vs vSphere

VMware Workstation is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop with 1 review vs vSphere which is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 53 reviews. The top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "I have found this product excellent for quick test/dev environments. ". The top reviewer of vSphere writes "Putting some VMware ESX storage tips together". VMware Workstation is most compared with vSphere, Hyper-V and Oracle VM VirtualBox. vSphere is most compared with KVM, VMware Workstation and Proxmox VE. See our VMware Workstation vs vSphere report.
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I have found this product excellent for test/dev environments. This is 90% of what I use this product for.

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We find the solution simple and efficient to manage.We use it to virtualize our server infrastructure. Virtualization has made it easier for us to manage our environment. We can manage it from location, the vSphere web client.Its most valuable features are reliability, for sure, and quickness in getting the job done. I can spin off 100 or 200 machines in the matter of half an hour.What I like about it is being able to see my entire organization, especially with some of the newer enhanced links. All of my data centers show up in one view and I can see every server that's running. I also get performance statistics so if there are issues, major problems going on, I can see them.From the interface, you see how much CPU utilization and RAM utilization that each one of those hosts is giving you. You can tell ahead of time when you need to start expanding the environment. And with VMotion, you expand the environment and then let DRS have at it and walk away.We have seen a performance boost because we have been able to more dynamically allocate either memory or processors.It's a very nice tool to be able to reduce your footprint, consolidate servers, and accumulate several servers in a high-density configuration.Workloads; We use vSphere for mission-critical apps including SAP and and part of our internal development in C+, for the solution that collects everything for the buyers.

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Cons
I have had issues with the virtual network adapters in the past that has taken some time to troubleshoot.

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They should make it more efficient and stable.It would be nice if it had auto-scaling, no need to select CPU or select database size. Let it auto-scale, let it use the features that VMware has, instead of having to preselect.vSphere itself is great when you don't need to make updates, but any time you have to touch it, unfortunately it's always the little bit of a fight to get it to do what you want.I would like to see a little bit more visibility regarding errors. When an error does occur, there are times where it says "Unknown error" or something to that effect, and it doesn't necessarily give you a lot of metrics. If you go online and you give a description of it, normally the VMware forums can help you find out what it is, but I'd like to see a little bit more visibility from the software itself regarding what's going on: "This went wrong, this is why."On Vista, there should be a lot more new features. We would like to see more security features to harden our environment in the future.I'd like to see a little bit more integration for VDI. I think that Composer servers, security servers, broker servers with connections, I'm not sure they are necessary at this point. Perhaps they could have a lot of those functions baked directly into the hypervisor. It seems to me that if the hypervisor is scalable and flexible enough, that the processor and compute can handle all of that. Maybe we eliminate those other components for VDIs and have more mixed workloads: server workloads and desktop workloads all in the same hypervisor.I would like to see AI in future releases.Not having to buy something from a third-party to scan the actual hardware components, like the hard drives and the port containers and fan speeds; not having to bolt something on and go through another vendor, would be helpful.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The pricing is a bit steep in my opinion for testing and there are other options.

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It saves us money because we don't have to buy as many physical servers.It is cost effective.We would like it to be affordable to use the manage services on the cloud, then let VMware manage it and have AWS a part of it. This would make the easier transition from on-premise to cloud and be of value.Flexible pricing would be nice. Some of the pricing models are fairly big.The pricing is too expensive. The reason why we implemented Hyper-V is because of the licensing costs. They are way too high.The business is able to gain in faster services because you are provisioning the ends more quickly due to templates. Thus, the provisioning is quite good.The licensing should be more competitive based on its price. There should be more features for the licensing that you own. Money is a factor, because our management is looking right now at its money. The most annoying thing is to tell people that I would like to continue using VMware, and have them argue the other solutions are free.It keeps together a lot of different environments, making it easier and faster to work. It definitely has a good turn around.

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Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
Also Known AsvSphere 6, vSOM, vCenter Server, VMware ESXi
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Overview
OverviewVMware 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.

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.

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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersAkademiska HusAbu Dhabi Ports Company, ACS, AIA New Zealand, Consona, Corporate Express, CS Energy, and Digiweb.
Top Industries
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Real Estate/Law Firm
9%
Comms Service Provider
9%
Government
7%
Financial Services Firm
7%
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Financial Services Firm
12%
Retailer
10%
Manufacturing Company
8%
Energy/Utilities Company
8%
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Comms Service Provider
10%
Financial Services Firm
10%
Government
7%
University
6%
Company Size
Company Size
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
25%
Midsize Enterprise
32%
Large Enterprise
43%
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Small Business
24%
Midsize Enterprise
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Large Enterprise
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VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
22%
Midsize Enterprise
34%
Large Enterprise
44%
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