InfoWorld reports on state of Mac virtualization

“The Mac virtualization market is really taking off,” Infoworld reports. “With Apple moving to the Intel platform, things are starting to take shape for this market. Did you see it coming? Who saw VMware coming in the front door while Microsoft slipped out the back?”

InforWorld’s David Marshall reports via a podcast (MP3, 5:45) which plays nicely in Safari or download it (5.3MB) for use in iTunes+iPod.

More info and link to podcast here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Matthew” for the heads up.]


  1. None of the current virtualization software will have any impact on the mac market unless Apple allows Mac servers to virtualize other mac VMs. If I’m setting up a test server I want to be able to run a Mac VM inside a Mac server for testing not linux or windows. Apple needs to understand this now and fix it.

  2. Greg – that’s a rather self-absorbed stance to take, don’t you think? Just because your (some might argue, somewhat obscure) needs are not being currently met, doesn’t mean that other people aren’t extremely happy with the solutions available. As for impact on the market, what exactly do you mean; Parallels, for instance, has already shifted in excess of 100,000 copies in the 4 months it’s been available…

  3. Al,

    Virtualization is a way to get more bang for your buck out of the hardware. You run multiple copies of an OS (or more than one OS, e.g,, a copy of Mac OS X, Linux and Windows) concurrently. For some uses the OS gets resource limited before the hardware gets resource limited. People first started really seeing this with the huge liquid cooled IBM mainframes back in the 80s.

    The solution was to figure out a way for the hardware to be able to run multiple copies of the OS at the same time. This way the multiple OS images would not be limited in and of themselves and be able, as a group of OSes running concurrently, to take full advantage of the capabilities of the hardware.

  4. It’s fitting, I think, that as soon as virtualization becomes a viable solution, MS is out of the business.

    MW: Door, as in ‘back door.’ How fitting. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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