PALO ALTO, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- VMware, Inc., the global leader
in virtual infrastructure software for Intel-based systems, today announced
the availability of VMware Workstation 4.5, the latest version of its powerful
virtual machine software for the desktop, targeted at the enterprise IT
VMware Workstation, designed for developers and system administrators,
revolutionizes software development by making it possible to develop, test and
deploy the most complex enterprise applications completely in virtual
machines. With its powerful networking capabilities, VMware Workstation users
can build and test server-class applications running in Microsoft Windows,
Linux or Novell NetWare operating environments, all on a single desktop.
Essential features such as virtual networking, live snapshots, integration
with Windows Performance Monitor, and PXE (pre-boot execution environment)
support make VMware Workstation an indispensable tool for the enterprise IT
"VMware Workstation has been great for several groups within our company,"
said Tom Hurst, senior systems administrator for Applied Innovation. "In my
group, Workstation saves a lot of time and effort when we test service packs.
We can apply all the patches, and not have to commit changes until we're sure
everything works. Workstation has enabled us to reduce the number of PCs used
by engineering, manufacturing and sales engineers. All in all, it's a real
productivity enhancer as well as easy to set up, configure and use."
Virtual machines created with VMware Workstation can be deployed to the
enterprise-class VMware GSX Server and the datacenter-class VMware ESX Server
platforms. Once deployed on GSX Server or ESX Server, VMware VirtualCenter
can manage these virtual machines.
"VMware Workstation is a cost effective way to test and deploy servers and
applications," said Allan Campbell, director of IT infrastructure for
MassMutual. "It has reduced the amount of hardware and the time it takes to
test our products. It also gives our team increased flexibility to test and
develop on virtual machines instead of physical servers. With the release of
Workstation 4.5, we look forward to further integration between our
Workstation virtual machines and our GSX Server and ESX Server deployments."
"Shipping for more than five years, VMware Workstation is the most
flexible and widely deployed virtualization product on the market," said
Michael Mullany, vice president of marketing at VMware. "With today's launch
of Workstation 4.5, VMware continues to innovate, offering powerful new
features for both developers and enterprise IT departments."
New features that make VMware Workstation an indispensable tool for
enterprise IT professionals include:
* PXE provisioning of virtual machines. Use pre-boot execution
environment (PXE) to boot and install operating systems into new
virtual machines over an enterprise network. Provisioning virtual
machines is now easier than ever.
* Integration with Windows Performance Monitor. Track virtual machine
performance through the Windows performance monitor counters.
* Support for the latest operating systems. Support for Windows
"Longhorn" guests and improved support for guests using Linux kernels
in the 2.6 series.
* Increased memory capacity. Users can create individual virtual
machines with up to 3.6GB of memory and use up to 4GB of memory for
all running virtual machines. 3.6GB per virtual machine supports the
use of server-class OSes in a virtual machine.
* Plug and Play USB devices. USB devices connected to the host are
seamlessly available to virtual machines.
* Automatic check for product updates. VMware Workstation can be
configured to check automatically for available product updates.
Pricing and Availability
VMware Workstation 4.5 is available today for both Windows and Linux host
operating systems. The electronic software distribution is available for $189
from the VMware Store at http://www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/ and from the
VMware VIP Reseller Network and distribution partners
(http://www.vmware.com/partners/resellers/). Existing VMware Workstation 4.x
customers can download this new version at no additional cost. A full-featured
trial version can be downloaded directly from the VMware Web site at
VMware, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC), is the global leader in virtual
infrastructure software for Intel-based 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, and conducts business in more than 100
countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.vmware.com or call 650-
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