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Apple Showcases VMware Fusion on new iMac Pro


A gorgeous virtual powerhouse

Today Apple has made available their newest addition to the Mac lineup: the iMac Pro, and we couldn’t be more excited about the prospects of such a powerful Mac, particularly as the most capable Mac based virtual machine host ever, running VMware Fusion.

Early reviewers have touted the “Blazing Fast” performance that this hardware offers, with both CPU and on GPU, but the new machine isn’t exactly for everyone.

With the iMac Pro, Apple returns to it’s roots with an offering aimed at professionals and power users.

Recently Apple held a media event attended by press, industry analysts and others, to showcase some of the capabilities of such a powerful machine and what it might be used for.

During this event it was reported that Apple demoed VMware Fusion as a professional app that can make full use of this new hardware performance. More than just running Windows on the Mac, Apple showed an end-to-end development and testing pipeline built using virtual machines running on a single machine.

Obviously use cases for Video/Audio editing, 3D/CAD design were discussed, but to quote this Macworld article: By

“Most impressive was a demo of Apple’s Xcode, which ran several UI tests and VMware Fusion virtual machines at the same time without the iMac Pro breaking a sweat.

Does not break sweats, can run clouds inside it

From a single iMac Pro using VMware Fusion you could rapidly architect an entire development pipeline complete with SCM, an automated build system, automated UI testing, development and staging environments, topped off with a series of different ‘desktop’ VM’s to test the application with.

Leveraging pre-built packages like those from Bitnami, users can quickly grab all the building blocks for this kind of modern “DevOps” environment. (quotes because I get that DevOps is a buzzword referring to Agile development tools with a goal of continuous iteration and or delivery and an accompanying cultural movement… ).

A user could for example tie together a GitLab VM for SCM; Jenkins, GitLab or Gradle for build and pipeline; some stack for the Dev and Stage environments (LAMP, Node.js, Tomcat, etc…); Redmine, Trac or Mantis for Bug Tracking; JFrog for your artifact/binary repository and then ReviewBoard for team code collaboration.

For folks on the more traditional IT Pro or datacenter admin, this machine is powerful enough to run the complete VMware solution lab from a single desktop. You could easily run the vCenter Server Appliance, several ESXi hosts, vSAN, vRealize suite, and more, all thanks to the common underlying VMware platform and the incredible resources from these new machines.

The possibilities are endless thanks to the amazing abstraction that VMware virtualization provides, and the sheer power that this new Apple hardware delivers, and we can’t wait to fill our office with them.

Did you order the iMac Pro? Which spec? Tell us in the discussion below!

13 thoughts on “Apple Showcases VMware Fusion on new iMac Pro

  1. Michal R.

    Hello Michael,

    I am wondering whether the VMware company was brave enough to tell Macworld to be careful when saving Visio documents under the latest Windows 10 as the drives in VMware Tools are currently broken so they gonna loose their Visio file without noticing when saving it to the Shared Folder. I am afraid that this bug really makes customers to break a sweat…


    BTW: Do you (VMware company) have any estimate when this is going to be fixed? I guess it has to have some priority since it is the most critical bug and it is known since October…

      1. Michal R.

        Hello Michael,

        I’ve just installed the VMware Tools 10.2.0 and everything works again just fine as it used to…


    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      Dang, very nice! I’m on the 10-core 128GB model here. What are you doing with those VMs if I may ask?

  2. Harry Aslanian

    Hi Michael

    I’m user of parallels desktop for more than10 years and till now all was ok.
    End of December 2017 I bought an iMac Pro 10 cores 64GB Ram 16Gb VRam.
    I installed Win10 pro Office 2016, BlueBeamRevu-kind of Adobe Acrobat Pro and what a disappointment, My computer works like an 386, My first VM crashed and disappeared. I did another VM 64Bit (the 1st was 32)but the performances are not acceptable. I’m using Autodesk viewer to see the models(I’m a civil eng.), but with this VM and parallels 13Pro is not possible. I have another iMac 27″ with Parallels 12 installed on it and is working very well and I can use the Autodesk viewer.I have a problems with all other programs-Excel-as soon as open more than 10 spread sheets, the system slow down and even stops.
    Do you think if I use Fusion 10 -I will have some improvement.

    Please advice



    1. Harry Aslanian

      I would also ask:
      what is the max Ram, number of cores, max video ram we can assign to the VM with Fusion 10 and Fusion 10Pro.

      Thank you


    2. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      Fusion 10 should run very nicely there. I have the same hardware and we tested it extensively.
      I would avoid ‘converting’ your Parallels VM and instead create a new one to make sure there isn’t any of the parallels drivers or old config settings in there. We’re pretty good about importing their VMs, but if it’s being buggy you might just end up bringing the bugs with it.

  3. Harry Aslanian

    Hi again Michael
    I’ve just installed a new VM that I created for Fusion 10(No Import from Parallels this time)
    I installed Office 2016 for win and Win10-Pro64 the 1st was 32 bits.
    In any case I can’t say that is fast considering the monster specs of my machine but I deal with it.
    I would ask you to help please my configure this VM for for my iMac Pro-10 cores,46GB Ram and 16GB vRam.
    For now I left all setting as suggested by VMware-1 processor, 1GB Ram and 1GB vRam. My work load is mostly many PDF-I’m using Blue Beam Revu) drawings and many Excel spreadsheets open.

    thank u in advance



    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      I have a nested lab going on that I’ll be writing about soon. Installing ESXi on the iMac Pro hardware might have complications and I’ve not tried it, but having a Mac host with 128 GB of RAM certainly builds a pretty nice lab with Fusion =)

    1. Michael RoyMichael Roy Post author

      Depends in what sense.
      Yes, Fusion fully supports the Vega64, and 3D accelerated VMs run faster than on any other Mac.
      We can not, however, make the VM see the physical Vega hardware.

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