Virtual infrastructure software firm VMware has announced a product that will allow Intel-based Macs to run x86 operating systems, such as Windows or Linux in virtual machines at the same time as Mac OS X.
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Businesses are increasingly adopting virtualised systems, which allow IT resources to be pooled and optimised across servers, making more efficient use of hardware.
Research released last month found that three out of four businesses either used server virtualisation or planned to deploy it over the next year.
The new VMware desktop platform product, to be showcased at this week’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, had been produced in response to “unbelievable” levels of demand from Mac users, VMware president Diane Greene said.
It has been designed to allow Mac users to run a variety of operating systems on their machines without rebooting, while Mac users who also use PCs would be able to consolidate systems onto the Mac.
In future, virtual machines created with any VMware products would run on Intel-based Macs while, non-Mac OS X virtual machines created with the new product would run on the latest versions of other VMware platforms, the company said.
A beta release of the as yet unamed new product is set to be made available later this year.
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