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VMware Workstation is #5 ranked solution in top Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) tools. PeerSpot users give VMware Workstation an average rating of 10 out of 10. VMware Workstation is most commonly compared to VMware vSphere: VMware Workstation vs VMware vSphere. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 33% of all views.
What is VMware Workstation?
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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Engineering Applications Analyst at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Excellent for testing and provides insight without having to purchase licenses
Pros and Cons
  • "Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice."
  • "Lacks the ability to clone onto another system rather than starting from scratch."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of VMware Workstation is to test environments, different Windows operating systems and the like, and basically to figure out how the solution would work before we put it into production. I'm an engineering applications analyst. 

How has it helped my organization?

The solution benefits us because it allows us to identify whether we need to spend money on a solution that would involve having to buy a bunch of licenses for software, and running an application or a system for whatever our requirements might be. It allows us to test out that scenario to see if it would be more beneficial for our environment as opposed to buying everything, setting it up and determining whether it is going to work or not. It gives us insight into some of the issues we might run into, and how to better facilitate fixing them.

What is most valuable?

Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice. It's simple to set up for a test environment and that's a huge benefit.

What needs improvement?

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 having to create a whole new one. It lacks the ability to clone the environment so you have your test environment set up in the way it's going to be used in production. Rather than create a whole other environment, the idea would be to clone that capability onto another system and not have to start over from scratch. You have everything working the way you want it to and you just want to move it over to the production side of things.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for about a year. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution handles pretty well. It did seem to function a little bit better than I had expected.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are no issues with scalability. When we need to make any tweaks by adding more resources, it's pretty straightforward. I'm the only user. In terms of the back end, Microsoft patching needs to be done on a monthly basis based on our processes. The software itself will look to see how often it needs updates. It's pretty straightforward.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I've also used Azure. We made the switch because we had a license for Workstation and I needed to test a particular system. I could plug and play using the VMware Player to take an existing VTK, whatever the file extension is, and plug it in there to look at this VM. Workstation allowed us to test scenarios. We have a lot of older applications that run on older operating systems. Sometimes we have to test the old systems and see how they'll run in a virtual environment as well. 

How was the initial setup?

As long as you have all the information you need in terms of how many processors are require and how much memory, it's not complicated. Implementation was an in-house job. Rather than loading a specific software package on our network, we can use a testing environment to see what to expect from it. We test out of the box in a virtual environment and see where we get with it. The deployment took about a day. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We use VMware for virtual cluster of servers, but I believe we bought Workstation outright once. It's pretty low in cost, so if we need multiple copies, we usually buy a handful. I've actually insisted that we go that route for some of the software groups that we have so they can test various environments without having to use another system.

What other advice do I have?

This product is pretty straightforward and easy to use. I would definitely recommend it for testing different scenarios, Windows, Linux, that sort of thing. It works well in all environments, in my opinion, and the ease of setup is great and allows you to have a lot of test cases strictly run from your system rather than having to set up another whole desktop or another computer as a testing environment. Obviously, it's based on the number of hardware resources available in your system but to get a quick testbed or environment set up, it's pretty easy and straightforward. You can set it up and go about your daily routine and then come back to it, test some more scenarios, get it to where it's accessible through the networks, and determine whether we need it or not. It's better to have that rather than having to set up a whole other computer for testing.

I rate this solution 10 out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Senior Micro Solutions Engineer at Mobexpert
Real User
Top 20
Scales well, has good technical support, quick and easy to install
Pros and Cons
  • "Technical support is very good."
  • "I would want to see features included that make deployment easier."

What is our primary use case?

VMware Workstation is currently being used as a test model, it is not in production.

It is used for testing, and we have a mixed solution for reduction.  We are also considering moving part of our servers to virtualization.

How has it helped my organization?

It made various enhancements to the system once the deployment was completed.

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using VMware Workstation for five or six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There are some concerns regarding the stability of this solution. We have a device that seems to be under some pressure and two others that are working very well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have no issues with the scalability of the VMware Workstation.

At this time our organization has 15 to 20 users.

This solution is being used daily, and we have plans to increase our usage.

Our plan is to move part of the server to this solution.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support is very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have been using several virtualization tools over the last five or six years.

Approximately six or seven years ago I used a Remote Desktop Solution but it was not a good experience.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. it took thirty minutes to complete the deployment.

We only require two days a month for one person to maintain this solution.

What about the implementation team?

Using a lot of documentation, I was able to complete the installation myself.

What was our ROI?

With VMware Workstation, we have seen a return on investment, but the actual ROI will be shown in two or three years.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing costs are paid on a yearly basis.

What other advice do I have?

The documentation should be thoroughly read.

I would rate VMware Workstation a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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Darshil Sanghvi
Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Great for testing and solving connection problems

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this product is to connect to my virtual interpreter of VMs and the like. In the event of an emergency, or if the user wants to deploy a VM on his own virtual system, Workstation can create a number of VMs in their own system, without having to connect back to the network. We deploy this solution for our clients and have around 15 customers that are using it. We are resellers of VMware Workstation.  

What is most valuable?

This product has a lot of good features and the basic one is for solving connection problems. Users can deploy the test machines or the VM machines on their own system and do the testing part. They can set up their own lab or own test set up on their system and do what they need.

What needs improvement?

I…

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this product is to connect to my virtual interpreter of VMs and the like. In the event of an emergency, or if the user wants to deploy a VM on his own virtual system, Workstation can create a number of VMs in their own system, without having to connect back to the network. We deploy this solution for our clients and have around 15 customers that are using it. We are resellers of VMware Workstation.  

What is most valuable?

This product has a lot of good features and the basic one is for solving connection problems. Users can deploy the test machines or the VM machines on their own system and do the testing part. They can set up their own lab or own test set up on their system and do what they need.

What needs improvement?

I think that performance could be improved by making it more effective and less resource consuming. It's a little clunky. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable, we haven't had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable - you can install it on your system and run a number of VMs which connect back to the central data, so it's inter-connectable, connecting access to VPNs.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this product was straightforward. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution an eight out of 10. 

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Pre-sales engineer
Reseller
It's helpful for migrating and patching operating systems

What is our primary use case?

It's a very good tool for testing labs on my own computer. This is only the use.

What is most valuable?

VMware Workstation is great for migrating and patching operating systems. 

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I used VMware Workstation in a testing lab two months ago, but it was only for internal testing. We only tried it out for about five days.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Workstation is stable and scalable. 

How was the initial setup?

Workstation is easy to set up. It only took about 15 minutes. 

What other

What is our primary use case?

It's a very good tool for testing labs on my own computer. This is only the use.

What is most valuable?

VMware Workstation is great for migrating and patching operating systems. 

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I used VMware Workstation in a testing lab two months ago, but it was only for internal testing. We only tried it out for about five days.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Workstation is stable and scalable. 

How was the initial setup?

Workstation is easy to set up. It only took about 15 minutes. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate VMware Workstation nine out of 10. It's a very good product. 

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Database Administrator at MINEPAT
Real User
Very usable with great virtualization

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for VMware Workstation is testing. We also provide some online services on VMware ESXi. 

What is most valuable?

The feature I find the most valuable is the product's usability. I prefer it over the Oracle solution, especially APEX.  VMwate Workstation's virtualization is great as well. 

What needs improvement?

The price should be reduced.  Visio stencils must be made available for technical documentation.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for five years. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't had a reason to contact…

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case for VMware Workstation is testing. We also provide some online services on VMware ESXi. 

What is most valuable?

The feature I find the most valuable is the product's usability. I prefer it over the Oracle solution, especially APEX. 

VMwate Workstation's virtualization is great as well. 

What needs improvement?

The price should be reduced. 

Visio stencils must be made available for technical documentation.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for five years. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't had a reason to contact technical support. We have not had any significant difficulties with the product. 

What other advice do I have?

I recommend this product. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.