VMware Announces New Release of Award-Winning Desktop Virtualization Software

VMware Workstation 4.5 Targets Enterprise IT Developers

Apr 05, 2004, 01:00 ET from VMware, Inc.

    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
     About VMware
     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-
      VMware, ESX Server and GSX Server are trademarks of VMware, Inc. All
      other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their
      respective companies.

SOURCE VMware, Inc.