It was in March 2010, when I first experienced VMware Workstation when my superior asked me to setup a LAMP server in my desktop computer. At first I was hesitant but I started to love it because of the following reasons:
• It is very easy to use and no complications in installation
• It runs multiple operating systems such as Linux, Ubuntu, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 at the same time without rebooting
• It replicates server and desktop environments using snapshots, replays and clones
• It has web interface which easily manage and control virtual machines
• It integrates Visual Studio, Eclipse and many applications including MySQL, MSSQL and IBM DB2
• It supports 3D Graphics, HD audio, USB 2.0 and 3.0, folder sharing and hardware devices sharing such as Camera and Bluetooth
Room for Improvement:
VMware Workstations is for desktop use only and is pricey. The latest VMware workstation which is Workstation 9 costs $249.
VMware workstation is expensive but with its excellent features and performance for a desktop, the cost is nothing. You can use VMware Workstation to develop softwares and applications, test, check and analyze the performance of softwares and experience different virtual network environments such as stand-alone or client–server environments. I am definitely recommending VMware workstation to my fellow programmers, IT professionals, software and systems engineers, teacher and students who want to explore and take advantage of the power of desktop virtualization.
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