The VMware Workstation software allows users to run multiple x86/x86_64-based operating systems, including Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and NetWare, on a single hardware platform. It has been engineered to run multi-tiered and 3D applications simultaneously on a single computer, using fully portable and networked virtual machines that require no hard drive partitioning.
The program has been specifically tailored for IT professionals, including software developers and testers, who are looking for a stable, reliable and advanced virtualization solution that allows them to effortlessly integrate development, testing and deployment of platform-independent software applications in their enterprise.
Features at a glance
Key features include the ability to drag and drop virtual machines from PC to cloud or vSphere, remote connections to existing virtual machines from virtually anywhere, clone and snapshot functionality, 256-bit AES encryption, as well as support for Apache’s OpenStack and VMware’s Micro Cloud Foundry cloud infrastructures.
The application also features streamline software development and testing operations, improved team collaboration, enhanced productivity for IT professionals, as well as introduction of virtual infrastructure for your enterprise.
Technical details include support for creating virtual machines with up to 16 virtual processors or cores with virtualization extensions, 64GB of RAM, 8TB disks, HD audio with 7.1 surround sound, IDE, SATA and SCSI disk controllers, USB 3.0, as well as bluetooth, gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer functions.
Supports a wide range of operating systems
It is a powerful, yet commercial desktop virtualization software that runs on both GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems, supporting the 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms. Emulated OSes include Linux, BSD, Solaris, IBM OS/2, Mac OS X, Windows, QNX, DOS, and many other.
However, the truth is that these days similar projects exist on the market, offering almost the same functionality, such as Oracle’s award winning and highly acclaimed VirtualBox virtualization software, which we recommend over the expensive VMware Workstation application.