Why Choose VMware® Workstation™?
Winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation is recognized for its broad operating system support, rich user experience, comprehensive feature set and high performance. It's the perfect companion for any technical professional that values applications built by engineers, for engineers.
Access Anytime, Anywhere
VMware Workstation provides a seamless way to access all of the virtual machines you need, regardless of where they are running. Remotely connect to virtual machines running on VMware vSphere, ESXi or another copy of VMware Workstation. Workstation’s web interface lets you access local and server hosted virtual machines from your PC, smart phone, tablet or any device with a modern browser.
Run a Cloud on Your PC
Workstation enables you to build a cloud on your laptop. You can run VMware’s Micro Cloud Foundry and other cloud infrastructures such as Apache’s OpenStack. You can also run Big Data applications from companies like Cloudera including the Apache™ Hadoop™ software library.
Take Your Productivity to the Next Level
Run applications on multiple operating systems including Linux, Windows and more at the same time on the same PC without rebooting. Evaluate and test new operating systems, applications and patches in an isolated environment. Demonstrate complex software applications on a single laptop in a repeatable, reliable manner. Rich integration with Visual Studio, Eclipse and the SpringSource Tool Suite make it incredibly easy to test applications on multiple platforms. Simply drag and drop virtual machines to move them between your PC and VMware vSphere.
Run Your Most Demanding Applications
VMware Workstation takes advantage of the latest hardware to replicate server and desktop environments. Create virtual machines with up to 8 virtual processors or 8 virtual cores, 2 TB virtual disks and up to 64 GB of memory per virtual machine to run the most demanding applications. In addition, Workstation has support for HD audio with 7.1 surround sound, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) and Bluetooth.
And for those times when you need it, virtual processors that support Intel VT-x or AMD-V capabilities enable you to run 64-bit virtual machines within VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V Server running in a Workstation virtual machine. Workstation 9 introduces virtual performance counters that allow developers to use profiling tools such as Intel’s VTune to analyze the performance of software running inside the Virtual machine.
Share the Benefits by Sharing Virtual Machines
Sharing a virtual machine is the quickest way to share and test applications with your team in a more production-like environment. Run VMware Workstation as a server to share virtual machines with your teammates, department or organization. VMware Workstation provides enterprise caliber control over user access.
The Best 3D Graphics
VMware Workstation was the first to support 3D graphics in virtualized environments including the Microsoft Windows Aero user interface. Run even more 3D applications with support for DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 3D graphics in Windows and Linux virtual machines.
Workstation 9 includes support for the new Windows Metro interface, significant performance and rendering improvements to better support professional graphical applications such as AutoCAD and Solidworks, Anti-Aliasing, OpenGL 2.1 for Linux operating systems and even an improved graphics driver for Windows XP.
More Reasons at a Glance
Backed by over a decade of proven engineering, VMware Workstation is trusted by users worldwide. VMware Workstation is the winner of over 50 awards including the 2010 Redmond Magazine Readers Choice Award and the 2011 Dr. Dobb’s Jolt Product Excellence Award, and has been inducted into the Jolt Hall of Fame.
VMware Workstation’s user interface has been designed for a connected workspace with clear menus, live thumbnails and a robust virtual machine library. The virtual machine library makes it easy to view your local and remote virtual machines. Use search to quickly find the virtual machines that you need whether they are running on your local PC, VMware vSphere or another instance of Workstation on the network.
Manage multiple, network-connected virtual machines with Folders. Folders make it easy to start and run complex multi-tier enterprise applications on a single PC with just a click of the mouse.
Snapshots preserve the state of a virtual machine so you can return to it at any time. Snapshots are useful when you need to quickly revert your virtual machine to a prior system state to install a new build of an application, “uninstall” a patch or eliminate malware.
Installing operating systems and applications can be time consuming. With clones, you can make many copies of a virtual machine from the baseline installation and configuration. This makes it fast and easy to maintain standardized computing environments for employees and students or to create a baseline configuration for testing. Linked clones enable you to accomplish the same thing while using a fraction of the disk space.
Your PC printers are automatically accessible to your Windows and Linux VMs—no configuration or drivers required. Your PC’s default printer even shows up as the default in your VM too.
Buggy applications, hardware failures, viruses and other malware do not give you fair warning to take a manual snapshot. AutoProtect automatically takes snapshots at set intervals, protecting you from unexpected bumps in the road, making it easy to go back in time to when things were good.
Quickly and easily convert all those Microsoft Windows and Linux-based physical PCs sitting under or around your desk into VMware Workstation virtual machines. Get all the benefits of virtualization while freeing up desk space and hardware.
Protect your virtual machines from prying eyes with 256-bit AES encryption.