Horizon FLEX drives amazing hypervisors

Jul 14, 2015
Andy Morris


Andy Morris is a group product line marketing manager for VMware EUC, managing the personal desktop and applications portfolios. Prior to VMware, Andy was VP of product management at Abaca, and worked for AppSense, LogLogic and IBM. Andy holds a computer science degree from DeMontford University.

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Type 2 hypervisors are cool.

If you’re looking at the ones in Horizon FLEX then you should know that the core technology is the same as in vSphere – the solution that powers many of the world’s most in-demand and high performance data centers.

Why should you care about that? Because it means that the care and attention to detail that drives billions of seamless internet transactions every day is available to work for you should you need to run Windows on your Mac, Linux on your Windows, or just about any combination there of.

In this demo I thought I’d be crazy and see how far I could push it. While it certainly wasn’t without its scary moments, I hit no walls, encountered no unrecoverable errors, and barely even caused the iMac’s fan to spin.

The only reason I stopped at 25 was that it was taking too much time to build all those operating systems – I have a day job according to my boss.

Here’s the 25 nested OS’s you can see in the video running ALL AT THE SAME TIME on a late-2014 27” iMac with 32Gb RAM, 4GHz Intel i7.

  1. OS/X 10.10 Yosemite OS/X 10.11 El Capitan
  2. OS/X 10.9 Mavericks
  3. OS/X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  4. OS/X 10.7 Lion
  5. OS/X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server
  6. OS/X 10.5 Leopard Server
  7. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  8. Debian 8.1 (Jessie)
  9. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 7.1 (maipo)
  10. openSUSE 13.2 (harlequin)
  11. Fedora 22
  12. Zorin OS 9 (trusty)
  13. Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview
  14. Windows 8.1 Enterprise N
  15. Windows 7 Enterprise N
  16. Windows NT 4 SP6
  17. Windows XP SP2
  18. Windows Vista Business
  19. Windows 2000 SP2
  20. Windows 98
  21. Windows 95
  22. Windows 3.1
  23. OS/2 Warp v4
  24. Android 4.4.2 (kitkat)

Clearly, if you try this yourself don’t phone support. They’ll be impressed but I doubt they’ll help you. This was fun. I wonder what I can do next?

Thanks for watching.

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