Monday, December 17, 2007

Understanding what is best for you ..differences between VPC and Vmware

What you need - VPC or VmWare ?

No matter what your needs, it is very likely that either VMware or Virtual PC/Server can do the job. The key to choosing the right product is understanding your needs. What is it that you want to do with virtualization? Do you want to have a test network on your desktop PC? Do you want to do software development? How many servers will you run concurrently? What operating systems will be run in the virtual systems? The answers to these questions will help you choose the right virtualization product!

Choosing the right product -
Once you take a look at your needs, you will be able to better choose the product you need. For example, if you just want to run a test on Windows XP workstation or 2003 server on your local desktop, then you should choose a desktop virtualization product. Examples of these are - VMware Workstation(300$ odd) and MS Virtual PC(free). Both of those applications are designed to be run on a local desktop.

On the other hand, if you need to run more than 1 concurrent servers that required at least 1GB of RAM each, you are no longer talking about a desktop product. You require an enterprise virtualization server product! Not only because of the amount of RAM required but because we said that we would run “multiple servers”. You don’t want to run them on desktop virtualization products.

For further information or understanding their pros and cons refer -
To download Vmware visit -
To download microsoft VPC 2007 visit -

Thanks - Dipesh

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