VMware’s MVP (Mobile Virtualization Platform)

Ever wonder how you can run two different OS (Operating Systems) simultaneously on Smartphone devices? You may have already seen it in PC environment and now VMware has plan to bring the Virtualization technology into mobile platform soon. Named as MVP (Mobile Virtualization Platform), it allows mobile users to have two OS (such as Windows Mobile and Android) running in any ARM based smart phones in short future.

The users will be able to run few ‘partitioned’ OS in different virtual machine on a single hardware platform. For instances, one can now have an enterprise grade OS with confidential files, emails and VPN while on the other hand, you can boot a separate OS with personal music, emails and data with both of them switchable with a single push of button without the need to carry multiple phones. As some may think that it could probably too heavy and consume much of the RAM space but surprisingly, the whole Mobile virtualization solution with two OS could reside in as little as 256MB of RAM space for a much efficient daily tasks.

VMware is said to have selected major carriers in both US and Europe countries to start beta testing using prototype smart phones by 2011. However, you may have to wait until 2012 before the actual end products are available for commercial market.

Source : MyDigitalLife


VMware Workstation 7 released with full Windows 7 support

VMware has announced the latest version it’s flagship virtualization software – VMware Workstation 7 which is packed full of new features which are huge – including full 3D graphics support for virtual machines. VMware workstation is compatible with over 20 operating systems out of the box, and can run many other operating systems unofficially.

As previously mentioned, the new VMware workstation comes with full 3D graphics support for guest operating systems – meaning that if your computer can’t play a game, but has the resources to run a virtual operating system well, you can run an earlier version of Windows (or Linux) to play it.

VMware also announced that VMware workstation 7 is "…optimized for maximum performance when running on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 PCs" and can now run virtual machines "with up to four virtual CPUs and 32GB of RAM dedicated to each virtual machine."

The new release also finally supports Aero – which is well coincided with the release of Windows 7. VMware is even claiming that their virtualization is "Better than Windows XP Mode, you can run Windows XP with 3D graphics, faster performance, and tighter integration with Unity". It is also compatible with Windows 7 features on the host machine, allowing the user to use Flip 3D and Aero Peek to view their virtual machines.

Other major new features of Workstation 7 include AutoProtect – a tool which automatically saves states of virtual machines, printing without printer drivers, 256-bit encryption of virtual machines and more. A 30-day trial version can be obtained from VMware’s website.


Source : Neowin