December 05, 2005
VMware Inc. announced the general availability of
VMware Workstation 5.5, the newest release of its desktop
virtualization software. VMware Workstation 5.5 has numerous new
features and significant platform enhancements that provide unmatched
flexibility for developers and testers.
Millions today use VMware Workstation, first introduced more than
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 and used, making it possible
for developers and testers to spend more time developing and testing
software and less time configuring and managing their required
"VMware Workstation 5.5 reaffirms VMware's commitment to providing
our customers with the industry's broadest virtualization platform,"
said Brian Byun, vice president of products and alliances at VMware.
"Our customers have indicated that features like support for 64-bit
guest operating systems and multi-CPU virtual machines are very
important to them as they plan their infrastructure for the future.
VMware Workstation 5.5 gives developers a powerful platform to
accelerate the development, testing and support of their
"Virtualization will drive increased operational efficiency,
flexibility, mobility and integrity for customers across the
enterprise," said Chad Taggard, director of advanced technologies
marketing for Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. "We are pleased to see
this first product from VMware supporting the market's first shipping
hardware-enabled virtualization technology from Intel. Coupling
VMware's robust solutions with Intel Virtualization Technology will
expand the adoption of the virtualized enterprise client, mobile and
"VMware Workstation 5.5 is the market's first commercially available
virtualization software solution to provide 64-bit virtualized
Operating Systems on AMD Athlon 64 processor-based systems," said Joe
Menard, corporate vice president of Software Strategy at AMD. "AMD
helped pioneer the market for x86-64 bit operating environments, and we
are pleased to extend our collaboration with VMware to help deliver
optimized performance and robustness for today's existing AMD Athlon 64
Among the major new and enhanced features in VMware Workstation 5.5 are:
"We were very interested in VMware Workstation 5.5 because of its
new support for 64-bit operating systems," says Ed Vanderpool, lead
network engineer for Gap. "We've been wanting to use 64-bit Ubuntu
Linux, so we tried it on Workstation 5.5. It worked flawlessly. The
speed was incredible. We have been doing a lot of migrations and
testing in Linux. With Workstation 5.5, we get speed, performance and
memory management, which is exactly what we're after."
Vanderpool continued: "Workstation 5.5's enhanced VMImporter utility
also enabled me to easily convert Symantec LiveState Recovery to VMware
virtual machines for migrations. I did the migration on one of the
backups previously and was able to move it over with Workstation 5.5
with no problem. Before, you'd have to do extractions; it was a longer,
more complicated process. Also, we've noticed that being able to
connect virtual machines to simulate tests in multi-tiered
configurations is seamless and stable -- even more so than in
Workstation 5. We also like the flexible network settings in
Workstation 5.5; the setup is straightforward, and it gives us greater
flexibility in testing."
"For us, performance and responsiveness is important because we want
to emulate production environments for our testing," said David Kiser,
IT site services USA support for Business Objects. "To evaluate VMware
Workstation 5.5, I put server images in virtual machines on a dual Xeon
host with hyper threading. The Virtual SMP worked great as performance
increased over using a single processor for the same image. SMP teaming
also works well; I tested with MS SQL Server, and it picked up the dual
processor image right after a reboot. The Windows 2000 and 2003 Server
images recognized the SMP setup with no problems. I was impressed with
the responsiveness of the new images when installing the operating
systems and running Windows updates. This new version works well with
SATA raid controllers. I also found that teaming worked well on server
and desktop platforms."
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