Hot on the heels of macOS 10.13 High Sierra yesterday, today we are proud to announce the general availability of VMware Fusion 10!
With over 30 new features in Fusion and over 50 in Fusion Pro, including a refreshed UI, Metal Graphics support, Virtual Network Simulation and the all new Fusion API, Fusion 10 is our boldest and most exciting release yet.
First thing users will notice is the updated User Interface. Fusion 10 is designed to be simple enough for anyone to use yet powerful enough for IT Pros and Developers, and the new UI is more informative as well as elegant, bringing useful details to the surface, saving time and effort.
Fusion 10 and Fusion 10 Pro bring a number of advancements focused on Developers, IT Professionals and businesses, while pushing the envelope for users of all kinds.
Fusion 10 brings with it a new virtual hardware platform and many enhancements to the underlying hypervisor. Derived directly from the vSphere hypervisor, Fusion 10 gains new platform stability, performance and feature enhancements to take full advantage of newer Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Ryzen CPU features for improved performance and stability.
In addition to supporting macOS 10.13 High Sierra as both Host and Guest, Fusion 10 supports Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the latest updates for Server 2016. We’ve also added support for newer Linux distributions like Ubuntu 17.04 and Fedora 26.
We didn’t stop there
Building on innovation for all users, we’re introducing our all new Metal Graphics Rendering Engine to be enabled by default on supported hosts. Apple Metal gives Fusion 10 improved performance, improved reliability and rendering accuracy with better energy consumption.
All new Fusion API
For Developers, Operations teams and power users, Fusion 10 Pro introduces an all new REST-based API designed for integrating Fusion with a modern continuous deployment and testing pipeline. Use this secure, HTTP or HTTPS based API to rapidly and automatically deploy, configure, use and finally destroying virtual machines, even without Fusion open. Developers can have a stable, powerful and modern virtualization host that supports the broadest number of Guest OS’s including VMware Photon OS, while Operations teams can use the API to create custom tools for requesting and deploying macOS Desktops or any other VM type for testing.
Fusion 10 Pro now adds new controls for managing vSphere, such as remote Host Power operations. vSphere Admins can now use Fusion to Power Off, Reboot or put ESXi Hosts into Maintenance Mode.
Fusion 10 also adds support for effortlessly deploying the VMware vCenter Server Appliance for rapid testing.
New this year is support for Microsoft Virtualization Based Security features such as Credential Guard and Device Guard. This new security mode is becoming more commonplace, and not all applications are ready. Use Fusion 10 to test corporate applications for compatibility with VBS, or enable VBS features on the corporate virtual desktop in conjunction with restriction and management features built in. We’ve also introduced a virtual Trusted Platform Module (TPM) which can manage cryptographic functions for applications or OS Features such as BitLocker.
Virtual Networking and Simulation
Fusion 10 Pro makes Virtual Networking more organized while giving new features to test your application’s resiliency. Fusion 10 Pro adds the ability to simulate Packet Loss, Latency and Bandwidth Caps, on both Inbound and Outbound traffic per virtual network adapter. Fusion 10 Pro also now provides an interface to configure NAT and Port Forwarding rules and to enable custom network renaming.
All of this plus a ton of smaller enhancements, we think you’ll agree that this is our boldest and most exciting release to date.
Pricing, Licensing, Upgrades
New licenses for Fusion and Fusion Pro are available at store.vmware.com for $79 and $159 respectively. Fusion 7, 8 or 8.5 customers can upgrade for $49 or $119 respectively.
Users who purchased Fusion 8.5 from August 22nd until now are eligible for a free upgrade, so check your MyVMware to see if you keys have been upgraded already.
Let us know what you think!
There are many ways to let us know how your experience with Fusion is going, and many ways to get help if you are stuck. Fusion 10 comes with 18 months of complimentary email support so you can file tickets with our team for no cost through your MyVMware portal.
We also have a thriving community of users, experts and supporters over at communities.vmware.com
And of course, feel free to comment below.
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