iMac and virtualization

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Vesperal, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Vesperal macrumors newbie

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    Oct 23, 2009
    #1
    Greetings,

    I plan to buy a 27" iMac when the new ones become available.

    My job in IT currently requires a lot of lab work with virtual machines (5-8 running simultanously, so I was wondering if anyone here used their iMacs with many VMs on Parallels or Fusion.
    Since the iMacs are no less powerful than any HP/Dell/homemade workstation I thought I could switch without this beeing a problem, but I wanted a power-user point of view.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Kryptik.Kode macrumors member

    Kryptik.Kode

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    Ontario, Canada
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    Buy as much RAM as you can afford to put in it. 16GB or 32GB.
     
  3. willieva macrumors 6502

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    I've got an 8gig c2d mbp at home that I run fedora vm's on in fusion. Each vm is configured with 2gig and one processor. With 2 vm's open everything is fine, but with 3 the system runs low on memory.

    It's going to depend on what you want to do with the vm's. Running 8 vm's on 16gig would probably be a bit much for the system.
     

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