PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- VMware, Inc., the global
leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today
announced that VMware Workstation 5.5, the newest feature-packed release of
its award-winning desktop virtualization software, is available for beta
download. With numerous new features and significant platform enhancements,
Workstation 5.5 provides unmatched flexibility for developers and testers.
Millions today use VMware Workstation, first introduced 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, making it possible for
developers and testers to spend more time developing and testing software and
less time configuring the required environment.
Among the major new and enhanced features in VMware Workstation 5.5 are:
-- 64-bit Guest Support for AMD64 Technology Systems and Intel EM64T
Systems with VT Support: Building on the 64-bit host operating system
support introduced in previous releases, VMware Workstation 5.5
delivers support for 64-bit FreeBSD, Linux and Windows guest operating
systems and experimental support for 64-bit Solaris x86. This gives
developers and testers the flexibility to run 32-bit and 64-bit
operating systems simultaneously on the same hardware.
-- 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
-- Enhanced VMware Virtual Machine Importer: VMware Workstation 5.5
provides developers and testers with the additional flexibility to
convert Symantec Ghost 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
Virtual machines created with VMware Workstation can be deployed to
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.
"VMware Workstation 5.5 reaffirms VMware's commitment to providing our
customers with the industry's broadest virtualization platform," said
Karthik Rau, director of product management at VMware. "With new features like
support for 64-bit guest operating systems and multi-CPU virtual machines,
VMware Workstation 5.5 gives developers a powerful platform to accelerate the
development, testing and support of their next-generation applications."
Pricing and Availability
The VMware Workstation 5.5 beta for both Windows and Linux host operating
systems is available for download at http://www.vmware.com/products/beta/ws/ .
VMware Workstation 5.5 will be generally available by the end of the year.
The electronic download for Workstation 5 is $189 via the VMware Store
(www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/ ); the boxed version available for $199. The
product is also available from the VMware VIP Reseller Network and
distribution partners (www.vmware.com/partners/resellers/).
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 (www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/ ) as soon as the update is
VMware Workstation is also available as part of VMTN Subscription which
provides a powerful suite of VMware products, support and upgrades in a
convenient, low-cost annual subscription of $299 per user. VMTN Subscription
provides a consistent virtualization platform for development and test that is
designed 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.
A full-featured 30-day trial version of VMware Workstation 5 can be
downloaded directly from the VMware Web site (www.vmware.com).
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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