VMware Server and USB 2.0 Enabling High-Speed Data Transfers in a Virtual Environment

Because of Universal Serial Bus (or USB for short), many devices can be plugged directly to the computer and have them work properly without shutting down and restarting the computer. Devices plugged into USB are immediately recognized by the computer upon plugging in. Upon recognition by the computer, the user can launch the device and let it do its thing.

Peripheral computer devices that can be connected to computers through USB include keyboards, mice, printers, and scanners. Gadgets such as mp3 players, media players, digital cameras, and cell phones, among others, can also be connected to computers through USB.

USB has several versions. The first one is USB 0.7 which was released way back in late 2004. The current version is USB 2.0, and it’s faster than ever with a maximum speed of 480 Mbit/s.

Initially, this USB version had problems with VMware Server, which is VMware’s software for virtualizing servers to maximize their usage. For many computer users, both business and individual, virtualization is a necessity with its ability to partition a physical resource—a server for example—into several divisions, with each division acting like a full and independent server. Therefore, problems with reconciling USB 2.0 with VMware Server were common. People encountered difficulties in connecting USB 2.0 devices to virtual machines because USB 2.0 wasn’t initially supported by VMware Server and other VMware’s products.

However, VMware Workstation 6 solved these concerns by supporting USB 2.0 devices. This gave way to faster and easier access to various storage devices. High-speed data transfers were made possible, even in a virtual environment.