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
"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
"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
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
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.
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