|Date:|| Tue, 13 Dec 2005 12:38:59 -0800||From:||"The VMware Team" <VMware@vmware.rsc02.com>
||Subject:|| VMware News, Issue No. 41, 2005
~ VMware News, Issue No. 41~
1. Release of VMware Player
2. VMware Workstation 5.5
3. Performance Tip
4. Trade Shows/Events
5. VMware Launches VMTN Blog
6. Customer Snapshot
7. VMworld Conference Proceedings
8. New Remote Support Tool
1|VMWARE ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF VMWARE PLAYER
Experience the Power of Virtual Machines for Free
VMware Player allows you to easily and safely run, share and evaluate
pre-built applications and beta software within virtual machines.
free player runs any virtual machine on a Windows or Linux PC.
Try VMware Player now.
Test run a free virtual machine. Download the Browser Appliance.
The Browser Appliance allows you to securely browse the Web inside a
virtual machine, protecting your PC against adware, spyware and
viruses while safeguarding your personal information.
Visit the VMware Technology Network Virtual Machine Center
to try out other free, pre-configured virtual machines.
2|VMWARE WORKSTATION 5.5 NOW AVAILABLE
VMware is proud to announce an update to our award-winning VMware
Workstation product. We have added powerful new functionality and
support to this release, including:
. Support for 64-bit guest operating systems
. Experimental support for 2 way Virtual SMP
. Ability to open and convert Microsoft virtual machines or
Symantec LiveState Recovery 9 images
. Wireless networking capabilities for Linux hosts
. Enhanced autodetect to configure additional devices for
. Includes VMware Player
And now that VMware Player is available, you can easily create and
send virtual machines to colleagues, partners, customers and clients
who do not own VMware products. Read more.
>Note: Existing VMware Workstation 5.0 customers can upgrade to
Workstation 5.5 at no charge. Simply download the binaries to
start using Workstation 5.5 immediately.
Understanding the Architecture
To get optimal virtualization performance, you need a clear
understanding of the underlying architecture that supports
applications running in virtual machines.
A new whitepaper, "Virtualization: Architectural Considerations
and Other Evaluation Criteria"
describes the operation of virtualization designs and examines
various implementation, deployment and performance considerations.
Download White Paper.
4|TRADE SHOWS & EVENTS
Talk to VMware representatives, see live demos, and hear the latest
about virtualization software. Visit VMware at the following trade
shows and events:
Jan 22-26, 2006
. IBM STGU
Jan 23-26, 2005
Las Vegas, NV
5|VMWARE LAUNCHES VMTN BLOG
The new VMTN Blog highlights the personal blogs of some of VMware's
engineering staff as well as the leading virtualization Web sites.
up close and personal insight into VMware and virtualization
technology, check out VMTN Blog today.
Virtualization Assessment in Action
~ Challenge ~
Mechanics Bank needed a thorough IT infrastructure assessment to
develop the best strategy for consolidating its test environment and
achieving an effective disaster recovery strategy.
~ Results ~
. Used Capacity Planner to gather critical performance and usage
of more than 100 servers.
. Identified a disaster recovery strategy that would utilize the
current SAN Concluded a test and development solution could be
built without buying 100 new servers.
"[The Virtualization Assessment] was like a
health check; it showed us where we are, where
we want to be and how to get there."
-- Richard Lewis
Vice President of IT
7|DOWNLOAD VMWORLD CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
...and audio recordings...
...from VMware's second annual VMworld 2005 conference.
Get a taste of what over 3,500 people experienced live at the show.
Published materials come from hands-on labs, in-depth technical
sessions, and sessions with vendors and other customers sharing
real-world virtualization experiences.
8|NEW REMOTE SUPPORT TOOL
With VMware Remote Support, customers can share their desktop or
application online with a tech support engineer, use Web chat, and
dynamically receive files or patches, as needed.
The next time you submit a support request, ask one of our technical
support engineers to assist you through Remote Support at no
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