VMware has unveiled the newest versions of its VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion solutions.
Upgrades include availability of and improvements to REST APIs [application programming interfaces] that allow developers to integrate Workstation 15 Pro and Fusion 11 Pro with modern development tools to automate development, design and testing tasks. In addition, both virtualization platforms feature new user interface improvements, expanded OS and hardware support, and an improved remote VMware vSphere view.
With this release, VMware is introducing a REST API to enable developers to remotely and programmatically manage virtual machines (VM) running on VMware Workstation Pro and integrate with other automation tools in a continuous development and testing pipeline. In addition to integrating with third-party solutions, the new REST API enables developers and quality assurance teams to build custom in-house desktop request workflows to automate Workstation VM deployment, according to Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. An API Explorer provides a browser-based utility with complete documentation, and the API is also hosted on code.vmware.com, which developers can access to learn how to best leverage the API for their application.
In addition to providing updated OS support – including support for Ubuntu 18.04.1, Windows October 2018 Updates and others – VMware Workstation 15 Pro and VMware Workstation 15 Player feature several user interface updates. For example, the new release offers an improved user interface experience on 4K and HiDPI displays. Additionally, VMware Workstation 15 products now support a new DirectX 10.1 virtual graphics engine with anti-aliasing, and shader support.
Finally, VMware Workstation 15 Pro includes an improved remote vSphere view in which IT admins can access a more accurate description of the host topology. When connected to remote vSphere environments, Workstation can now see all clusters and datacenters, in addition to an inventory of all VMs.
VMware Workstation 15 Pro and VMware Workstation 15 Player are available today from VMware.com for $249.99 and $149.99, respectively. Upgrade licenses for VMware Workstation 15 Pro and VMware Workstation 15 Player are available for $149.99 and $79.99, respectively.
VMware Fusion 11 Pro and VMware Fusion 11 are available today for $159.99 and $79.99, respectively. Upgrade licenses for VMware Fusion 11 Pro and VMware Fusion 11 are available for $119.99 and $49.99, respectively.