RE: Laptop for Lots of VMs

From: Amaral, Rui <>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:16:32 -0500
Message-ID: <AD1FD82AC6BFBE4C8913E32286D9C70D0812ED9F39_at_EX7T2-SV05.TDBFG.COM>

I have a couple of Toshiba's Qosmio X500 with 64bit.

the spec says 1 tb hard drive but mine is 1.5TB on 2 disks.

eSATA combo port

Rui Amaral
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From: [] On Behalf Of Andrew Kerber Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 12:03 PM To:
Subject: Re: Laptop for Lots of VMs

I have a Dell XPS M1330 configured close to this. 8G RAM. With SSD. You might be able to find one with an ESATA connecter that would help the external drive speed.

On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:58 AM, Vishal Gupta <<>> wrote: Hello List,

I currently have a home desktop, which I used for running my all VMs on VmWare Server. It good enough configuration to run 3-4 or more VMs at the same time. I have two internal hard disks on desktop. To get decent enough performance from VMs, I tend to run VMs on separate disk than the host disk.

But many times, I have left in situation where I don't have access to my small home virtual data centre. So I was looking for a powerful but lightweight laptop for this purpose. Ideally I would love to have VMs on separate disk. But laptop normally don't have enough room for 2 internal disks. And running VMs on external disk over USB2.0 (_at_480Mbps i.e. about 5 times slower than eSATA drives) will give a dreaded performance. USB3.0 (_at_5Gbps twice as fast as eSATA) would be good enough. But not many laptops support it yet.

Does anyone has any laptop recommendation for this purpose? I had MacBook Pro with 8GB + SSD hard disk in mind. It would cost about £2000 (inc VAT) in UK. Does anyone has any experiences to share of using MacBookPro to run multiple VMs?

Desktop Configuration
CPU - Intel Core i7-920 (64bit) - single socket with 4 cores, 8 threads RAM - 6GB
Disk - Two internal 750GB each SATA-300 (_at_2400Mbps) drives , 1 external 2TB eSATA (_at_2400Mbps) drive.

Disk 1 - (internal) Host OS and other stuff
Disk 2 - (internal) Reserved for running only VMs
Disk 3 - (eSATA _at_2400Mbps ) Used
Disk 4 - USB 2.0 (_at_

Devices Speeds link -

Vishal Gupta


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