Vmware Fusion

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What Does Vmware Fusion Mean?

VMware Fusion is a VMware product developed for Macintosh computers with Intel processors. VMware Fusion enables system administrators to run x86 and x86-64 operating systems simultaneously as guests that include Microsoft Windows (All), Linux, Solaris and NetWare as virtual machines, while the Mac operating system acts as a host OS on the physical machine.


VMware Fusion uses a combination of para-virtualization, dynamic recompilation, and emulation to make this happen.

Fusion is the first product launched by VMware for Macintosh virtualization.

Techopedia Explains Vmware Fusion

In 2006, Macintosh decided to shift its architecture to Intel processors, which allow Mac computers to run different operating systems, including 64-bit OS. Now, administrators can run Microsoft Windows, Linux and Solaris over Mac computers running Mac OS using virtualization. It is for this purpose that VMware introduced Fusion in 2007.

Virtualization provides switching between different operating systems. As a result, older programs, operating systems and applications can be used to explore or reuse older data.
The following are the key features available with VMware Fusion.

  • Unity View: Enables the virtual machines to give a seamless view of both Mac and other virtual machine desktops.
  • DirectX 9.0: Users can run 3D programs and even 3D videos games within virtual machines.
  • Snapshot: Allows users to save a stable state of the guest OS to the hard disk, thereby allowing the users to swiftly return to the virtual machine without rebooting.

VMware Fusion is extremely compatible. Virtual machines created with Fusion can also be used with other VMware products and vice versa.


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