How VMware works ?

Dear Experts,

Recently I have found a word Of VMware and google it for searching its articles.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VMware
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/pr?s=VMW+Profile

What my understanding is VMware is company helping users to do its
clouding computer networks or access VMware clouding computer networks
to share application software resource with different computer system or network

There is many software for free trial and download
http://www.vmware.com/ap/try-vmware.html

My question is could you make me a concept example or case how VMw works or
what service he provides to the users.

For example, when we are talking about XAMPP server, we will know it is
apache server that be used on Window and Linux , XAMPP can let web users
to set his own computer as web server so that other users can web its home page,
some thing like, So this example is easy to understand what is XAMPP server

Could you make me such example so that for example, when I downoad one software
from VMW, I will understand what is for ? in the link, there are too many software, let
people confused.

Good article and tutorial for the concept of VMW is welcome

Please advise
Duncan
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware produces Hypervisor based software, that allows you to HOST multiple computers, concurrently at the same time on a single Intel computer.

VMware Player 5.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

VMware Server 2.0.2 Free Download (discontinued) [FREE]
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_server/2_0

VMware Workstation 9.0 (60 day trial, $199) [EVALUATION]
www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation
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duncanb7Author Commented:
VMware produces Hypervisor based software, that allows you to HOST multiple computers, concurrently at the same time on a single Intel computer.

At my home laptap(a single Intel computer) can connect to multiple computer concurrently
at the same time. Is that right ?

What is multiple computers meaning ?Is it my remote servers ?
Why I wil connect to the multiple computers at the same time ? for what application is ?

Please advise
Duncan
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
It is true your laptop may be able to connect to other computers over a network, but that has nothing to do with VMware.

In the case of VMware Player, Server and Workstation, they can run a second operating system, like Windows or Linux, on your Intel computer alongside your existing copy of Windows. This process is called "virtualization". Some people use local virtualization to run software that is not compatible with the copy of Windows natively installed on their computer.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can actually RUN, many computers at a time, on your computer!

using the following:-

VMware Player 5.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

but you still need to use the Operating System original installation media, and have additional Operating System licenses to do it, if required.

e.g. you have a laptop running Windows 7, you can then install VMware Player, and have Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Vista all running at the same time.
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Also, virtualization is used extensively on the server end of IT. Modern server hardware is capable of running multiple, virtualized, operating systems at the same time. One server we have where I work concurrently runs six installs of Windows Server at the same time.
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duncanb7Author Commented:
From firebar & hanccooka's reply

VMwarre has VMware player software in which users can host mutilple computers
that means user can run different or many system platforms such as Window xp, window
7, visita at the same time in one single computer from that user seems to connect
to many computer but not in real just by virtually in single computer

Is it correct ?

What other major bussinness of VMware is focusing on ? just VMware play is major bussiness to them ?

Is VMware related to clouding computer ?

Please advise kindly
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
VMware does have a sizable cloud component in it's server and VDI products, but to describe them all here is impractical. One of the cloud offering is VDI where desktop computers, running Windows or Linux, can be made available from the cloud in a "Desktop As A Service" platform. VDI is my job at work...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware - Server, Desktop and Cloud Based Computing.
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duncanb7Author Commented:
VMwarre has VMware player software in which users can host mutilple computers
that means user can run different or many system platforms such as Window xp, window
7, visita at the same time in one single computer from that user seems to connect
to many computer but not in real just by virtually in single computer

Is it correct ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, this is correct.

The operating system could be Windows, Linux, Unix, Novell, Apple (if running on Apple hardware)
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duncanb7Author Commented:
Thanks for all of your reply, I will try the software trial first and then
make new thread about other VMware questions
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No problems.
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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Thanks for the points!
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