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Virtualization and desktops

This article discusses the whole ball game of Application Virtualization.

VMware has also been quick to embrace new CPU and hardware Relevant Products/Services technologies, such as 64-bit processing and expanded memory for next-generation applications. VMware exclusives, such as the ability to take snapshots of a VM's running state and "roll back" to a saved image have earned affection from the developer community. But in the end, VMware's willingness to expose its underlying virtualization technology to the masses may pay the biggest dividends.

Projects like the VMware Player, a stand-alone tool for hosting a VMware-created VM on any Windows desktop system, seek to position the VMware file image as a de facto standard for delivering appliancelike application functionality. Already, a large selection of prebuilt VM images is available through the VMware Web site, most containing open source OSes and applications that can be freely redistributed.

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