VMware Introduces New Release of Its Powerful Desktop Virtualization Software

VMware Workstation 5.5 Features Support for 64-bit Guests for AMD64 Technology

Systems and Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T) Systems with Intel

Virtualization Technology (VT) and Two-Way Virtual SMP

Sep 12, 2005, 01:00 ET from VMware, Inc.

    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
 generally available.
     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.
     NOTE:  VMware is a registered trademark 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.

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