virtualization continues to evolve to keep up as IT roles expand and cutting-edge technologies
mature. VMware has a number of these desktop virtualization tools for users who want to test and
develop VMs before pushing them into the production environment.
When choosing what best fits your desktop virtualization needs, the top factors typically include price, features and OS that will support the Type-2 hypervisor. VMware Workstation, Player and Fusion are three products -- each one varying to some degree, which can make it difficult to select one over the others. To help you in your efforts, we've broken down the details of each tool and which ones work best in certain scenarios.
1The full-fledged platform-
VMware Workstation allows users to create and run virtual machines on a desktop in a test and development environment. With each release, VMware adds more features from its ESXi -- or bare-metal hypervisor -- to Workstation, making it ideal for producing virtual machines that may migrate to the production environment.
VMware's Workstation 10 upgrade can handle more powerful virtual machines and offers other enhancements. Workstation 10 also addressed security concerns with the addition functionality that your virtual environment demands to plug the gaps. The big question is whether or not it's worth the price tag. Continue Reading
Newer processors pack more punch, but administrators still need to tailor CPU allocation for a smoother Workstation 9 experience. Physical CPUs are always better than cores, and cores are better than hyper-threading. Monitoring the number of cores and hyper-threaded CPUs used to make sure performance isn't affected. Continue Reading
Virtualization administrators can use templates to create multiple VMs but depending on if you use, there are different ways to use clones as templates in VMware Workstation. Once it's prepared you have to change the identity of the VM before creating the clone. Continue Reading
2For less demanding scenarios-
VMware Player is also a Type-2 hypervisor that is a standalone product that can run virtual machines in a window. VMware Player is free for personal use, while VMware Player Pro is licensed for commercial use and can run restricted virtual machines. Although they don't share all of the same features, VMware Player Pro can accomplish some of the same things while avoiding some of the cost of Workstation.
Using Player Plus 6's ability to open existing VMs and create new ones is both simple and fast and can be a great tool for basic virtualization tasks. Continue Reading
3The choice for Mac users-
There are quite a few administrators running MacBooks that will need a hypervisor to run a Windows operating system. VMware Fusion and Fusion Professional virtualization platforms both support Apple OSes, which is something that VMware Workstation can't do. Although Fusion and Workstation have some similar features, such as a snapshot manager, they have different focuses.
We know that VMware Fusion and Workstation aren't the same, but how exactly are they different? They offer some of the same features but this comparison shows the differences in the end user virtualization tools and can help you figure out which one of the best fit for you. Continue Reading