VMware Workstation vs vSphere

VMware Workstation is ranked 2nd in Virtual Desktop with 2 reviews vs vSphere which is ranked 1st in Server Virtualization Software with 29 reviews. The top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "I like the ability to drag a VM to an additional monitor and utilize VMs on separate windows". 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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Pros
I have found this product excellent for test/dev environments. This is 90% of what I use this product for.

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The benefit of the solution is that you can create template-based servers within minutes. If you were to use a physical server, it would probably take several hours, if not a whole day, to get everything set up the way you need.The UI is very intuitive, you don't have to spend hours before you figure it out. All in all, compared to other environments, like Hyper-V, we find vSphere a lot more user-friendly and intuitive to use.It is easy to maintain our data machines and take snapshots with the solution.It is easy to manage the solution. It is scalable and very stable.We are able to patch our hosts during production hours with the ability to keep services running.The easy of use with reduced space provides a better use of infrastructurevSphere has enabled an enterprise class virtualization environment with a central point of monitoring and management stretched over multiple datacenters (multi-site use), adding all the features of clustering for high-availability and failover, VM migration, and operations.vSphere brings the features required for an enterprise class system with a lot of supporting components: An intuitive user experience that simplifies and helps operational management.

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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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In the next release, I would like to see programming. I'd like to see a lot more about customization for people who want to customize programming API, SDK.These days we have an environment where we are often using clouds as well. A solution that would be a little more cloud-aware would be really helpful. I know there is a product from VMware that is more specifically for the cloud, but it would be nice if VMware Cloud Manager would be cloud-aware. It would simplify certain processes.I would like to start to using NSX in the next release.Get the HTML5 client to 100% parity to replace the Flash client.As we introduce the DevOps culture, we need to make sure that the principles and tools used to support this approach can be easily integrated and interoperated with the vSphere environment with no (or less) redundancy in tools and functionality.They need to further develop graphics virtualization.Due to the fact that during the last three months there appeared some critical bugs, the virtual machine backup might be inconsistent.The Web Client is too slow.

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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 is easy to understand the licensing of vSphere. We have standard enterprise licensing.The pricing is more expensive than Microsoft.VMware is costly versus other competitors but is still one of the market leaders and expanding now with partners like AWS.​The only issue with vSphere might be with the cost of the tools and the software.​The product is worth what you pay for it. I definitely feel like I"m getting good value.Compared with other vendors’ products, the pricing of the license is slightly lower. The annual S&S price is very affordable.Start with the lowest and upgrade if, and only if, absolutely necessary.VMware is consistently expensive and their pricing arrogance is what will drive us and other customers away.

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Ranking
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8.7
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27
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1,730
Avg. Rating
8.6
Top Comparisons
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
11%
Retailer
10%
University
9%
Manufacturing 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%
REVIEWERS
Small Business
25%
Midsize Enterprise
31%
Large Enterprise
44%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
22%
Midsize Enterprise
34%
Large Enterprise
44%
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