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Fusion Faces: David Alison Making His VM Sweat with Visual Studio Benchmarking on the Mac

david alison The VMware Fusion team has been following David Alison’s ongoing blog series about using VMware Fusion and Visual Studio in a Windows XP VM to run Visual Studio on a Mac

Well, clearly David spends his weekends like I do: working on cool stuff that there’s not quite time for during the week.  How do I know?

On Saturday, he posted some benchmarks comparing his custom physical Visual Studio development box to the performance he gets out of his virtual Windows XP VM running on VMware Fusion on his MacBook, which he uses mainly for mobile Visual Studio development.

The results? Well, the title of his post might give you a hint: “How fast does VMware Fusion run my development environment? Very.

Hailing from Palo Alto, in the blue corner, weighing in at…

Just to set the stage a little, David’s physical development workstation is a quad-core, 2.66 GHz beast of a desktop, with 2GB of matched Corsair dominator RAM, running fully-patched Windows XP SP2.

His Windows XP Visual Studio development VM is running on VMware Fusion 1.1.1, on a 2.2 GHz MacBook, with 4 GB of RAM (1 GB of which he has assigned to the VM).

The results of his comparison of his Visual Studio development VMware Fusion VM to his physical dev box?  As he puts it, ” I was able to load my current project up, which included a local SQL Express database and tens of thousands of lines of code. It loaded fine the first time in, compiled clean and allowed me to see my application in IE (all within my VM). I could trace through code in the debugger, set breakpoints, modify data in the tables dynamically, etc.”

And the performance?  “From a performance standpoint everything ran very smoothly – I didn’t see any big gaps in performance, even though this is a little MacBook.”

Here are the results of some of the benchmarks he ran, with times in the VM running on VMware Fusion with his MacBook versus times on the physical dev box:


David Alison Visual Studio Testing

Those look to be some pretty impressive results.  We’re looking forward to seeing more of David’s experience running Visual Studio for Mac, but it looks like he’s off to a speedy start.


Fusion Faces: David Alison Cooking Up His Next Brilliant Startup with Visual Studio and VMware Fusion

David Alison is a technology entrepreneur who is always on the hunt for the next big thing.  David founded WebSurveyer and sold the company in 2006, staying on at the new company, Vovici through 2007.

But David’s got a new gig, a startup called "MaxiManage" and as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge for him, he’s decided to move his primary computing environment over to the Mac!

He’s getting along well, but as he puts it "I’m doing all of my core development using Microsoft Visual Studio and
that’s a Windows only proposition. What I really wanted was something
that would allow me to fire up a Windows XP session and run Visual
Studio in it, while still being able to load my Mac applications at the
same time."

Based on VMware’s reputation for rock sold virtualization products, David gave VMware Fusion a shot, and so far, is really happy with the results for running Visual Studio on the Mac with VMware Fusion.  As he puts it:

"I figured I’d install the trial and check out Fusion.  Installation
was a snap – really simple. I had a full version of Windows XP that I
installed within my Mac; no setting up a special partition, the entire
virtual machines exists as a single file within the Mac OS. Nice and
clean – I like it."


VMware Fusion: Cross Platform Developer’s Delight

Sol Young has a great post on using VMware Fusion on a Mac to provide the best of all worlds for cross-platform development.

In this case, Sol’s rig consists of a MacBook Pro with XCode installed, and VMware Fusion hosting both a primary development virtual machine with Visual Studio installed, and a handful of other Windows virtual machines (XP Home, XP Pro, Vista, etc. etc,) for doing regression testing of built apps.

Sol does a great job of doing a quick intro of how VMware Fusion can be used above and beyond just letting you run Windows on a Mac, but can even help turn your Mac into a serious development platform for Windows applications. 

Sounds funny to the ear at first, but Sol, and lots of other users are doing just that, using VMware Fusion to take full advantage of their great Mac hardware, while using the power of virtualization to do things like snapshot and rollback to allow a clean base state for testing.  Not to menion: finally getting Visual Studio for Mac!

Great post Sol!