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VMware Workstation 8 Review

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On August 9, 2012
Last modified:August 29, 2012


VMware Workstation 8 is a well-known product by now, but does it hold its own against Mac-based competitors like VMware Fusion 4 and Parallels Desktop 7? Read my review and share your opinions through the comments section.

The experts felt that the VMware Workstation 8, released in September 2011 with over 50 new features, would usher in radical changes in the utilization of virtual machines. Your PC becomes doubly enabled with the advantages of time saved and enhanced collaboration – and with all this focus on VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop when it comes to client virtualization, I wanted to re-focus PC-users attention with this VMware Workstation 8 review.

The VMware Workstation 8 has won over 50 industry awards for excellence. Several features like its broad operating system support, excellent user support, all-inclusive features and good performance have endeared it to technical professionals across the board, who are fighting against time, and looking for excellent support at the same time.

The VMware Workstation 8 has always remained the darling of application developers, IT software professionals and system testers. This 8th generation VMware workstation has caught the fancy of the experts with its all new and easy interface, ability to share virtual machines and incorporate the vSphere drag and drop feature.

The VMware Workstation 8 finds easy access to virtual machines, notwithstanding where they are working. When connected to the server, remote connections are established with the Workstation 8, VMware, vSphere and vCenter, giving you the advantage of using the same interface with a host of local servers, in addition to those connected to the VMware workstation 8. The power of the PC is no longer a constraint to run multiple virtual machines simultaneously.

You can now run applications in windows and Linux systems concurrently without having to reboot. Moreover, multiple platforms testing of apps become much easier with the integration of the whole workstation with visual studio, spring source, tool suite and eclipse. Using this workstation, as a server to share virtual machines within your organization gives the quickest results in terms of sharing and testing applications in a production setting.

Some of the important advantages of the VMware workstation 8 are enumerated below:

  • Simplified menus, improved preference screens and virtual machine library are some of the additions to the workstation’s interface. The new “Library” maintains a database of all the virtual machines connected, and provides easy search and access, irrespective of where they are located.
  • The NAT performance and HD audio support, super speed USB 3.0 and Bluetooth connectivity are some of the other improvements to Workstation 8.
  • A Workstation 8 can now support at least 8 virtual processors/cores of 64 GB capacity and 2 TB of virtual disk space.
  • You have the advantage of sharing your virtual machine with other users of Workstation 8 by remote control and with minimum impact on your PC. You can also drag to drop migration to vSphere.
  • Exclusively for the use of Linux system users, at present, USB 3.0 facility has been incorporated.
  • Bluetooth can be shared by both windows and Linux systems.
  • Using the VMware Workstation 8 converters, you can convert all the PCs in your office to VMware Workstation 8 virtual machines, consequently, freeing up hardware and disk space.
  • The installation of the new Workstation 8 is easy and uncomplicated. It also does not disturb the configuration of the existing virtual machines.
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