Enhancements include compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 PCs, Flip 3D and Aero Peek, which show virtual machine activity, and support for more 3-D applications as host VMs and guests, including Windows Aero, DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 interfaces in Windows VMs.
The new version can run 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems with up to four virtual CPUs and 32 GB of RAM dedicated to each virtual machine for better performance of applications running in VMs.
A new auto-protect feature automatically takes snapshots of VMs, so administrators can revert back to a previous state if needed. Driverless printing lets VMs adopt the printer state from the host machine automatically, according to VMware.
VMware Workstation 7 is now available for download or via resellers for $189. Upgrades from prior versions of VMware Workstation are available for $99.
IBM bolsters analytics
IBM this week padded its business analytics software portfolio with three new Cognos applications pre-configured for specific business users and the first of a series of tools for analyzing unstructured data.The new Cognos applications provide out-of-the-box data analysis capabilities for sales, supply chain procurement and workforce management. They join a pair of existing apps for users in human resources and finance departments. The news came out of IBM's Information On Demand conference going on now in Las Vegas.
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