VMware is a great idea, it allows users to run multiple x86 based operating systems (eg Windows, Linux, Netware) and their applications simultaneously on a single PC. No hard drive partitioning or rebooting required. In other words, it’s damn clever.
Loved by spods (who from some reason feel compelled to run Linux and Windows together) and software developers (who use it to streamline software development compatibility on different systems), there is a stampede every time a new version comes out. So it is with some anticipation that VMware Workstation 5 hits the streets on Monday.
Key new features of incarnation number five include Virtual Machine Teaming which is the ability to run virtual machines in linked “projects” to simulate multi-tiered applications in use. In addition, Linked Cloning and Improved Snapshotting gives the option to save configurations of virtual machines and return to them if needed.
Finally, Memory Sharing will prove a real boon to those looking to cut down on wasted hard drive space as it enables multiple virtual machines which share the same resources (core operating system, drivers, pre-allocated memory) to use the same files rather than require multiple copies to be made.
RRP for VMware Workstation 5 is £118.75 including VAT, which is incredibly reasonable for a developer tool. It can be purchased from the company’s main UK disty ETC. Discounted prices for those looking to upgrade from a previous edition are available on request.
Surely, this is multitasking in its purest form!