VMware Upgrades Workstation for Multiple VMs

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-14 Print this article Print

Workstation, designed for x86 and x86 64-bit servers or PCs, enables users to set up multiple virtual machines on a single physical box.

Virtualization market king VMware on Sept. 14 upgraded its Workstation software package to version 8 by adding no fewer than 50 new features.

Workstation, designed for x86 and x86 64-bit servers or PCs, enables users to set up multiple virtual machines on a single physical box. User then can deploy one or more of these virtual machines simultaneously alongside the hosting operating system.

Subsequently, each virtual machine instance can execute its own guest operating system, in addition to Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.

New features in Workstation 8, as listed by VMware, include:

  • Remote Connections: A seamless way to establish remote connections to hosts running in Workstation, VMware vSphere, and VMware vCenter.
  • Share VMs: Users can share VMs so they can be accessed by teammates, providing a fast way to test applications in a more production-like environment.
  • Upload to vSphere: Enables users to drag and drop a VM from a user's desktop to VMware vSphere. This feature allows users to deploy a complete application environment from a PC to a server for further testing, demoing, and analysis.
  • New User Interface: Has been revamped with simplified menus, live thumbnails, improved preferences screens, and a new virtual machine library with enhanced searching. Users can now search and access a large library of virtual machines that can reside on your desktop, a server, or on another PC running VMware Workstation.
  • Improved Virtual Machine Capabilities: New support for HD audio with 7.1 surround sound, USB 3 and Bluetooth devices. In addition, there are improvements to virtual SMP, 3D graphics performance and new support for 64-GB RAM.
VMware Workstation 8 is immediately now for $199. Upgrades from VMware Workstation 6.x and 7.x are available for $99.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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