VMware Announces Availability of New Feature-Packed Release of Its Powerful Desktop Virtualization Software VMware Workstation 5.5 Includes Industry-first Commercial Support for 64-bit

Guest Operating Systems and Hardware Virtualization Assists, and Virtual SMP

Support to Accelerate Development of Next-generation Applications



    PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VMware, Inc., the
 global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard
 systems, today announced the general availability of VMware Workstation 5.5,
 the newest release of its award-winning desktop virtualization software.
 VMware Workstation 5.5 has numerous new features and significant platform
 enhancements that provide unmatched flexibility for developers and testers.
     Millions today use VMware Workstation, first introduced more than six
 years ago, to accelerate software development, testing and deployment and
 increase product quality.  With VMware Workstation, enterprises are able to
 create a library of virtual machines for 32-bit and 64-bit x86 operating
 systems, including Linux, NetWare, Solaris x86 and Windows, that replicate
 production environments. These virtual machines can then be rapidly
 provisioned and used, making it possible for developers and testers to spend
 more time developing and testing software and less time configuring and
 managing their required environments.
     "VMware Workstation 5.5 reaffirms VMware's commitment to providing our
 customers with the industry's broadest virtualization platform," said Brian
 Byun, vice president of products and alliances at VMware. "Our customers have
 indicated that features like support for 64-bit guest operating systems and
 multi-CPU virtual machines are very important to them as they plan their
 infrastructure for the future. VMware Workstation 5.5 gives developers a
 powerful platform to accelerate the development, testing and support of their
 next-generation applications."
     "Virtualization will drive increased operational efficiency, flexibility,
 mobility and integrity for customers across the enterprise," said Chad
 Taggard, director of Advanced Technologies Marketing for Intel's Digital
 Enterprise Group. "We are pleased to see this first product from VMware
 supporting the market's first shipping hardware-enabled virtualization
 technology from Intel. Coupling VMware's robust solutions with Intel
 Virtualization Technology will expand the adoption of the virtualized
 enterprise client, mobile and server platforms."
     "VMware Workstation 5.5 is the market's first commercially available
 virtualization software solution to provide 64-bit virtualized Operating
 Systems on AMD Athlon 64 processor-based systems," said Joe Menard, corporate
 vice president of Software Strategy at AMD.  "AMD helped pioneer the market
 for x86-64 bit operating environments, and we are pleased to extend our
 collaboration with VMware to help deliver optimized performance and robustness
 for today's existing AMD Athlon 64 processor-based systems."
 
     Among the major new and enhanced features in VMware Workstation 5.5 are:
     -- 64-bit Guest Support for AMD Athlon 64 Processor-based Systems; and 64-
        bit Guest Support for Systems using Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology
        (EM64T) with Intel Virtualization Technology (experimental): Building
        on the 64-bit host operating system support introduced in previous
        releases, VMware Workstation 5.5 delivers support for 64-bit Linux and
        Windows guest operating systems and experimental support for 64-bit
        Solaris x86 and FreeBSD. This gives developers and testers the
        flexibility to run 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems simultaneously
        on the same hardware.
     -- Support for Two-way Virtual SMP (experimental): VMware brings its
        server-class Virtual SMP to the desktop.  Virtual SMP makes it possible
        for a single virtual machine to span two processors, enabling
        developers and testers to configure real-world production environments
        on developer-class desktops.
     -- Enhanced VMware Virtual Machine Importer: VMware Workstation 5.5
        provides developers and testers with the additional flexibility to
        convert Symantec Live State Recovery images into virtual machines or to
        open those images in their native format without any modification.
        Developers and testers can reuse their libraries of physical machine
        images when deploying or building a virtual infrastructure.
     -- Enhanced Command Line Interface: VMware Workstation 5.5 offers an
        enhanced vmrun interface to allow organizations to automate repetitive
        manual tasks. New vmrun features include the ability to take snapshots,
        list all snapshots for a virtual machine and revert to a selected
        snapshot.
 
     "We were very interested in VMware Workstation 5.5 because of its new
 support for 64-bit operating systems," says Ed Vanderpool, lead network
 engineer for Gap. "We've been wanting to use 64-bit Ubuntu Linux, so we tried
 it on Workstation 5.5.  It worked flawlessly. The speed was incredible.  We
 have been doing a lot of migrations and testing in Linux. With Workstation
 5.5, we get speed, performance and memory management, which is exactly what
 we're after."
     Vanderpool continued: "Workstation 5.5's enhanced VMImporter utility also
 enabled me to easily convert Symantec LiveState Recovery to VMware virtual
 machines for migrations. I did the migration on one of the backups previously
 and was able to move it over with Workstation 5.5 with no problem. Before,
 you'd have to do extractions; it was a longer, more complicated process. Also,
 we've noticed that being able to connect virtual machines to simulate tests in
 multi-tiered configurations is seamless and stable -- even more so than in
 Workstation 5. We also like the flexible network settings in Workstation 5.5;
 the setup is straightforward, and it gives us greater flexibility in testing."
     "For us, performance and responsiveness is important because we want to
 emulate production environments for our testing," said David Kiser, IT site
 services USA support for Business Objects. "To evaluate VMware Workstation
 5.5, I put server images in virtual machines on a dual Xeon host with hyper
 threading. The Virtual SMP worked great as performance increased over using a
 single processor for the same image. SMP teaming also works well; I tested
 with MS SQL Server, and it picked up the dual processor image right after a
 reboot. The Windows 2000 and 2003 Server images recognized the SMP setup with
 no problems. I was impressed with the responsiveness of the new images when
 installing the operating systems and running Windows updates. This new version
 works well with SATA raid controllers. I also found that teaming worked well
 on server and desktop platforms."
     Virtual machines created with VMware Workstation can be deployed to VMware
 Player, enterprise-class VMware GSX Server and data center-class VMware ESX
 Server platforms. Once deployed on GSX Server or ESX Server, VMware
 VirtualCenter can manage these virtual machines. This lets development teams
 more easily manage the software lifecycle process and seamlessly move
 computing environments from development to testing, and from staging to
 production.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     VMware Workstation 5.5 for both Linux and Windows host operating systems
 is available today.  The electronic download for Workstation 5.5 is $189 via
 the VMware Store at www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/; the boxed version available
 for $199.  The product is also available from the VMware VIP Reseller Network
 and distribution partners at www.vmware.com/partners/resellers/.  A full-
 featured 30-day trial version of VMware Workstation 5.5 can be downloaded
 directly from the VMware Web site at www.vmware.com.
     VMware Workstation is also available with VMTN Subscription, which
 provides developers with the range of VMware products, support and upgrades
 for an annual subscription of $299 per user.  VMTN Subscription provides a
 consistent virtualization platform for development and test to increase the
 productivity and efficiency across the software development lifecycle, reduce
 cost and complexity and improve software quality.  VMTN Subscription includes
 VMware Workstation for individual developer productivity, VMware GSX Server
 and a developer version of VMware ESX Server with Virtual SMP for team
 collaboration and VMware Physical to Virtual (P2V) Assistant for migrating
 physical systems to virtual machines.
     Registered customers who purchased VMware Workstation 5 are eligible for a
 free electronic download distribution update license to VMware Workstation 5.5
 via the VMware Store at www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/.
 
     About VMware, Inc.
     VMware, an EMC company (NYSE:   EMC), is the global leader in virtual
 infrastructure software for industry-standard systems. The world's largest
 companies use VMware solutions to simplify their IT, fully leverage their
 existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business
 demands. VMware is based in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit
 www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.
 
     VMware and VMTN are registered trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United
 States and/or various jurisdictions. All other trademarks and names mentioned
 herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.
 
 

SOURCE VMware, Inc.

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