Sunday 6 May 2012

Quick IO performance test of VirtualBox, Parallels and VMware

I’ve been using VirtualBox for over a year and I’m pretty happy with it but I wanted to see if new releases of VMware and Parallels can give me even better IO performance. This is a very simple and coarse test but it clearly indicates that I should give VMware a try.

Test setup:

  • Guest: Windows 7 64bit SP1
  • Guest: 8 CPUs and 4GB of RAM
  • Guest: Vendor specific additions installed
  • VMware: Workstation 8.0.3
  • Parallels: Workstation 6.0.13950
  • VirtualBox: 4.1.12
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1c was run 3 times for each app + host

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