VMware Workstation is a test-and-development environment software that runs on x86 and x86-64 computers to create and run virtual machines (VMs) directly on a desktop. Each virtual machine can run a single instance of any operating system (Microsoft, Linux, etc.) simultaneously. IT administrators can also use Workstation to check up on host resources, perform management tasks and teach virtualization to students. VMware Workstation strongly supports hardware compatibility and works as a bridge between the host and virtual machine for all kinds of hardware resources including hard disks, USB devices and CD-ROMs. Workstation integrates with other VMware tools, such as vSphere, to increase collaboration between test-and-development labs and real-life production environments.