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VMware Workstation 11 Ready for Windows 10 Tech Preview and vCloud Air Integration

VMware Workstation 11 arrives this month with Windows 10 Tech Preview readiness and cloud connectivity with VMware vCloud Air integration. vCloud Air is a public cloud platform built on vSphere and compatible with on-premises datacenters includes infrastructure, disaster recovery, and various applications as service offerings.

VMware’s Nicolas Rochard says that VMware Workstation 11 will be the “ultimate Swiss army knife” that helps developers and IT administrators extend their virtual environments from their laptops, to the datacenter and the public cloud.

For developers working with virtual machines, VMware Workstation 11 supports the latest versions of Windows including the latest Microsoft Windows 10 Tech Preview and Linux distribution such as Ubuntu 14.10, RHEL 7, CentOS 7, Fedora 20, Debian 7.6, and others, the latest processors and hardware, and able to connect to VMware vCloud Air.

For those who interested in trying out the Windows 10 Tech Preview with VMware Workstation 11, VMware posted a blog on how to install it, while also pointing out a few problems related to the Start menu and the TaskView functions.

Updates to VMware Workstation 11 include support for the latest Intel 64-bit x86 processors and the new Haswell microarchitecture for maximum performance. Haswell extensions will also deliver up to 45 percent improvement in CPU intensive operations like multimedia, encryption/decryption, and other strenuous performance tests compared to Workstation 10.

According to VMware’s announcement posted at blog:

VMware Workstation 11 updates include:

  • Ready for Windows 10 Tech Preview – Run hundreds of operating systems including the latest Microsoft Windows 10 Tech Preview. Technical users can also run the latest Linux distributions including Ubuntu 14.10, RHEL 7, CentOS 7, Fedora 20, Debian 7.6 and many more.
  • State of the Art Performance – VMware Workstation supports the latest Intel 64-bit x86 processors, including the new Haswell microarchitecture for maximum performance. Taking advantage of key new Haswell extensions, the solution also delivers up to 45 percent improvement in CPU intensive operations like multimedia and encryption/decryption compared to Workstation 10.
  • Powerful Virtual Machines and Graphics – Create virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, 8 TB virtual disks, 64 GB memory, and now 2GB video memory. Graphics-intensive applications can now be given an additional boost by allocating up to 2 GB of video memory per virtual machine.
  • Connection to VMware vCloud Air – Connect to VMware vCloud Air to extend and scale virtual machines on a public cloud. Developers can easily connect to VMware vCloud Air and upload, run, and view virtual machines right from the Workstation interface to easily collaborate with remote team members and scale through a public cloud.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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