Virtualization Workstation

A virtualization workstation can compress the work of many computers into one.A virtualization workstation can compress the work of many computers into one.


A major RAM upgrade can make the difference between a smooth or sluggish experience on a virtualization workstation. Virtualization, or running a virtual machine, emulates an additional computer within another computer using the same hardware. The virtualization process requires the hardware capabilities to run the main computer system and any virtual machines actively running at the same time.

RAM Is not Shared

Depending on the virtualization software, system RAM may be permanently split up between the main system and virtual machines. Under the non-shared configuration, the virtual machine can't borrow RAM from the main system, and the main system can't reclaim memory from the virtual machine to compensate for a memory shortage. The RAM is partitioned between the two systems even if it's not being used - for example, a computer with 8GB of RAM running a virtual machine that's using 2GB of RAM only has access to 6GB of its RAM.

RAM Avoids Slow Data Calls

Sufficient RAM prevents the main system and virtual machine from fighting over hard drive access. When information is stored in the system RAM, the CPU has an easy time accessing it quickly; however, data calls to the hard drive are comparatively slow. While the individual virtual machines and the main system may have their own allocated RAM, all the devices may be sharing the same hard drives: if all the systems are requesting data from the hard drive at the same time, performance can slow to a crawl.

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