VMware is a virtualization and cloud computing software provider based in Palo Alto, California. Founded in 1998, VMware is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies. EMC Corporation originally acquired VMware in 2004; EMC was later acquired by Dell Technologies in 2016. VMware bases its virtualization technologies on its bare-metal hypervisor ESX/ESXi in x86 architecture.
The benefits of VMware
As its name implies, the use of VMware – or ‘Virtual Machine’ ware – creates a virtual machine on your computer. This can help businesses better manage their resources and make them more efficient.Indeed, the use of ‘virtualisation’ on a business server has many advantages, including reduced IT costs. Virtualisation also enables businesses to get the most out of their investment in hardware and resources by using various constraints, scheduling and partitioning to increase the flexibility of the computing environment. VMware allows businesses to run multiple application and operating system workloads on the one server – thus enabling better resource management. By creating a virtual machine that behaves exactly like an actual computer – VMware also allows everything running on that virtual machine to run in its own window. This means IT service providers can install an operating system and the software of their choice on as many ‘virtual machines’ as they like – with each one stored as a file on the hard drive. One of the biggest advantages of running VMware is you can install and test software without it affecting your actual computer. Another advantage is you can run software on a virtual machine that may not work on the operating system that you have installed. For example, if you have a Mac, you can install Windows on a virtual machine to allow yourself to run Windows programs. Similarly, if you have a PC with a recent version of Windows, you can use a VMware virtual machine to run a program designed for an older version of Windows. The use of VMware is particularly suitable for new businesses that are growing quickly. It is much safer – as if you experience a problem with a virtual machine – you can simply delete it and create a new version. In all cases, your physical computer remains operational.
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