VMWare’s Fusion

 

VMware, Inc.

Fusion is the codename for a new VMware
desktop product for Mac that will enable Intel-based Macs to run x86
operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris, in
virtual machines at the same time as Mac OS X. It is built on VMware’s
robust and advanced desktop virtualization platform that is used by
over four million users today.

Fusion boasts the following features and benefits:

  • Ability to create and run a wide variety of x86 operating
    systems on OS X without rebooting. You can easily create virtual
    machines and run multiple operating systems simultaneously on Mac OS X.
    In addition, you can download and run any of the 300 virtual appliances
    available on VMware’s Technology Network.
  • Easily share
    files between OS X and guest operating system. You can simply drag and
    drop files between OS X and virtual machines to easily share files
    between the two environments.
  • Access physical devices
    from the virtual machine. You can access physical devices such as CD
    ROM drives, video cameras, iPods, printers and high-speed disks from
    the virtual machine.
  • Leverage Virtual SMP capabilities to
    gain additional performance improvement. You can assign more than a
    single CPU (on supported hardware with Intel Core Duo CPU) to gain
    additional performance for CPU-intensive workloads.
  • Consolidate
    onto your Mac: If you need a PC to run specific applications that are
    not supported on your Mac, you can consolidate onto your Mac by running
    the PC environment in a virtual machine. In addition to space savings,
    consolidating onto your Mac reduces hardware, power and cooling costs.
  • Safely
    evaluate software in isolated virtual machines: You can evaluate non-OS
    X applications safely on your Mac by running them in an isolated
    virtual machine. If the application crashes or corrupts the system,
    your Mac is not affected.
  • Run over 300 virtual
    appliances: You can download any of the over 300 virtual appliances –
    preinstalled and preconfigured applications packaged with an operating
    system in a virtual machine – available from VMware’s Technology
    Network. Setting up a wiki or blog server has never been easier.
  • Fusion supports all Intel Mac hardware, including the new 64-bit Mac Pro and iMac.
  • Your
    virtual machines can have multiple virtual processors, taking advantage
    of the Intel Core Duo chips in today’s newest Intel Macs.
  • Fusion
    supports high-speed USB 2.0 for a huge range of devices. Even devices
    that do not have drivers for Mac OS X will work in a virtual machine.
  • Simply drag and drop files and folders in and out of your virtual machines to transfer your data.

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