iMac and virtualization

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

  1. Vesperal macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2009

    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


    Mar 8, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    Buy as much RAM as you can afford to put in it. 16GB or 32GB.
  3. willieva macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2010
    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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