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September 16, 2011

VMware releases Workstation 8

Allows remote connections; comes with 'share', HD audio support, says company

By CBR Staff Writer

Virtualisation and cloud infrastructure company VMware has released VMware Workstation 8.

The company said the new offering offers an easy way to build, share and upload virtual machines (VMs) to VMware vSphere.

It added that with over 50 new features, VMware Workstation 8 advances the way technical professionals can work with multiple virtual machines from their PCs or on enterprise private clouds.

Among the key features of the new offering is Remote Connections. The company said that VMware Workstation 8 provides a seamless way to establish remote connections to hosts running in Workstation, VMware vSphere, and VMware vCenter.

With the new feature ‘Share’ VMs in Workstation 8, users can share VMs so they can be accessed by teammates and the ‘Upload to vSphere’ feature enables users to drag and drop a VM from a user’s desktop to VMware vSphere, said the company.

The company said that Workstation 8 also comes with a new user interface and improved virtual machine capabilities, with support for HD audio, USB 3 and Bluetooth devices. In addition, improvements to virtual SMP, 3D graphics performance and new support for 64-GB RAM allows users to run the most demanding applications in a virtual machine, claimed the company.

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VMware End-User Computing vice president and general manager Christopher Young said the users of VMware Workstation pioneer the adoption of virtual environments and private clouds.

"Our team recognises the needs of these users and has made significant enhancements to VMware Workstation 8, making it even easier for them to move beyond the virtual box," Young said.

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