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Fusion provides a virtualization solution for running Windows programs on a Mac.

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Fusion review by <span>Josh T.</span>
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Much easier than VirtualBox, but not cheap.

What do you like best?

VMWARE Fusion is extremely easy to use and customize. We use it to setup various Linux VMs on new generation Macbook Pros and even on the dual-core models (quad-core is usually recommended when running VMs), Fusion 10 Pro is extremely fast. I especially like the full screen mode and the compatibility with many of the native drivers on the MacBook pro. It is extremely easy to configure Fusion to work with many local components, such as the webcam, bluetooth and USB-C inputs. Extremely easy migrations as well. On the 15in macbook pros, GPU performance and integration within fusion is substantially better than previous models.

What do you dislike?

Software is expensive with Fusion 10 Pro costing $160. Can be a bit sluggish when you have multiple VMs at once, but that is mostly a limitation of the hardware.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtualBox is free and may be enough if you don't need or cannot afford the simplicity and benefits of Fusion. On the other hand, Parallels is much easier to use than Fusion, but you are severely limited with customization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We develop software primarily on macs and many of the open source programs we use are only compatible with linux. We use Fusion to create quick and easy VMs that allows us to take advantage of these programs.

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Fusion review by <span>Jon L.</span>
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Great product, easy to use, no complaints

What do you like best?

I use VMWare Fusion to run Windows 7 Pro side by side my Mac OS on my Macbook Pro. It allows me to have both OS's running simultaneously and all I have to do is use a multi-finger swipe to switch screens. It's also nice that it doesn't affect my machine's performance either. My MacOS still runs just like it would without a VM running simultaneously, and I don't have to partition as much RAM or HDD space to the windows machine as I would've thought initially!

What do you dislike?

It was a little bit difficult to set up on the front end. If the set up (specifically, in my instance, of a virtual machine running Windows 7 Pro) could be easier and more user friendly that would be great. It was a little bit cumbersome and took me 2 tries to get it set up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it! It's worth it and it works really well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps me run two OS's simultaneously. This allows me to be able to work with our Windows users as well as our Mac Users, while still running and primarily using MacOS which I prefer for my work. I can run windows-only apps, I can troubleshoot problems from a MacOS and WindowsOS standpoint as well. The best part is I don't have to log out or close my MacOS to do any of that. A simple swipe to the right lets me access my Windows machine and move forward.

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Fusion review by <span>Alex F.</span>
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Excellent computer virtualization software

What do you like best?

Simple to use.

Easy to configure the machine options.

Runs various systems (windows, mac and Linux) as virtual computers. Means you only need one physical device to be able to perform multiple tests and checks.

VMware tools replace various windows drivers to make the system performance very good.

What do you dislike?

Uses a lot of RAM to run the VMs.

Each VM uses a lot of disk space especially if you install lots of applications in the VM.

The more processes in VM you run the slower the VM will become less responsive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Excellent virtualization tool. Easy to use and configure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In our support department when a customer logs an issue with a particular system we can use the VM's to test on those system without needing a physical computer for each system.

If a customer has less RAM we can easily change the RAM to perform a similar test.

Fusion review by User in Government Administration
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Easy to Use, Great for Testing Software

What do you like best?

What I like best about VMWare Fusion are the feature rich capabilities and support for different operating systems. Fusion works seamless with Mac and the ability to configure guest operating systems is easy with support for screen resolution and local file system access after installing VMWare Fusion tools on the guest operating system. Take snapshots of operating system images is easy with the ability to annotate. Bridged, NAT and direct network configuration options are also helpful when connecting virtual machines to one another. The ability to do drag and drop is also helpful between the host and guest operating systems.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike is that sometimes there are compatibility issues when multiple users on a workstation are sharing the same virtual machine using different local accounts. If VMWare could improve the synching, that would be helpful and welcome.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My recommendation to others considering Fusion is to use the trial edition first before deciding on a final product for your organization. Updates to VMWare Fusion are regularly released so ensuring that your copy is up-to-date is easy since a check is performed every time you use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems we are trying to solve with Fusion is software and web application testing. The benefits we have realized are the rapid testing environment and the ease of use of testing web applications. Having the ability to roll back to a previous state is extremely helpful and has reduced testing time.

Fusion review by <span>Erik W.</span>
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Best Virtualization platform for Mac

What do you like best?

Support for nearly all Windows versions is excellent, integration is nearly seamless and the Pro version makes managing ESX environments a snap! The ability to upload a VM to an ESX host is especially helpful for moving a test system in to production. The speed and responsiveness of the guest OSes with minimal resource allocation is impressive.

What do you dislike?

Need to purchase every major version upgrade as maintenance in not readily available.When switching between full screens the resolution reverts if it was changed making switching between the host and guest OS a bit annoying.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to run Windows on a Mac Fusion is by far the best app for the job. It works incredibly well and offers excellent hardware sharing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

You're able to manage a Windows and VMware server environment without needing to maintain a physical Windows workstation. This is ideal for organizations that need to support both Mac and Windows workstations.

Fusion review by <span>Dhaval S.</span>
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very fast, technical interface, a bridge between OSes and cheaper pricing but requires higher RAM!!!

What do you like best?

1. VMware Fusion is very fast and reported the highest benchmark ranking.

2. More of a technical interface rather than the attractive looks of Parallels.

3. I didn't notice any performance difference between Fusion and Parallels while running a VM of Windows 8.

4. Allows you to run your Windows programs within OS X.

5. Solid integration between the two operating systems, including conveniences one would expect like clipboard sharing, drag-and-drop, the ability to launch Windows programs from the dock, etc. Easy to share files between the two.

6. Handy wizard lets you migrate your existing PC over to a virtual machine for use inside of VMware Fusion, which can be great for new Mac converts who are still nervous about leaving Windows behind.

7. Pricing is also cheaper than Parallels, and for personal (non-commercial) users, the license extends to however many Macs you own.

8. The ability to run and test out multiple Operating Systems and tools from one workstation.

What do you dislike?

1. Doesn't look nearly as good as Parallels.

2. Performance is solid, but still somewhat reduced by the virtualization of the guest OS.

3. Requires plenty of RAM, and since newer Macs cannot be upgraded, make sure you plan ahead in this department when buying hardware. Also, you will need a Windows operating system license, which will raise the cost of this solution.

4. Resource limitations to run some multiple Operating Systems can be too intense for a basic workstation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

1. If you are a light user just looking to virtualize Windows, get Parallels.

2. It's a tough call between Parallels and Fusion but in my experience Fusion is a tad more stable and easier to use but both products are excellent. Checkout the list of features and there are some unique features for each product.

3. Just be wary when deploying this to a group, administration of this software in on a user by user basis. There is no central management as in VDI or VCenter which makes administration more tedious.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

1. The development team being supported needed ways to test out different version of java, browsers, etc before they deployed their builds. Fusion allowed the Mac users to test on their workstation also.

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