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- Join Date
- Dec 2009
Best Virtualization Solution
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- Apr 2009
- I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
I've had experience on all of these, starting with IBM VM systems running on big iron mainframes. I think I finally contributed my 500lbs of VM-360 and VM-370 manuals to the landfill on my last move about 5 years ago!
Over the past few years I have used VMware, Parallels, Xen, and VirtualBox on Windows, OSX, and Linux systems. I haven't done much with Sparc/Solaris systems as hosts, but I run Solaris x86 in a Linux VirtualBox VM to do kernel module development work.
As for hardware, today get a multi-core Intel or AMD x86_64 processor, single or dual processors w/ 4-6 cores each. Lots of RAM. A good motherboard (I prefer Intel boards and processors, but that is personal history). I also prefer to either build the systems myself, or have a reputable white-box builder do it for me to my exact specifications. I have been very happy doing it that way for a number of years. You get better components, better prices (or equivalent), and more customizable features. FWIW, the major vendors tend to low-ball components in order to keep their costs down - this is a cut-throat commodity business after all, with very small margins.Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!