Workstation 6 also features an experimental "record and play" function, which he said records the deployment of a virtual machine and allows a user to rewind to the start of the recording and replay the deployment to see where bugs might have occurred. This would be particularly beneficial in software development because a tester could see where problems developed, Phillips said.
VMWare currently holds the lion's share of the market when it comes to virtual environments, but they are facing some stiff competition. Microsoft offers VirtualPC for free and the Xen project has made a lot of progress in a short amount of time. The next few years, as virtualization picks up, will be interesting.