VMware made available its VMware Workstation 8, which allows companies to build, share and upload virtual machines to VMware vSphere, the vendor’s virtualization platform for building cloud infrastructures.

VMware Workstation 8 includes more than 50 new features, according to the company. "The users of VMware Workstation pioneer the adoption of virtual environments and private clouds," Christopher Young, vice president and general manager of end-user computing at VMware, said in a statement. "Our team recognizes the needs of these users and has made significant enhancements to VMware Workstation 8, making it even easier for them to move beyond the virtual box."

Among the key features of Workstation 8 are remote connections; the system provides a seamless way to establish links to hosts running in Workstation, VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter. Users can share virtual machines (VMs), so they can be accessed by colleagues, providing a quick way to test applications in a more production-like environment.

Workstation 8 also allows users to drag and drop a VM from a user's desktop to VMware vSphere, enabling them to deploy a complete application environment from a PC to a server for further testing and analysis.

In addition, the user interface of Workstation 8 has been revamped with simplified menus, live thumbnails, improved preferences screens and a new VM library with enhanced searching.

VMware Workstation 8 is priced at for $199. Upgrades from VMware Workstation 6.x and 7.x are available for $99.




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