Amongst all the new features introduced with vSphere 5, VMware increased the virtual hardware limits for virtual machines. What has so far been referred as “Monster VM” or “Super VM” is VMware’s ultimate move to help organizations to virtualize business-critical applications.
- Virtual Machine Hardware Version: 8
- 32 virtual CPUs
- 1 TB virtual RAM
- 2 TB virtual disk
- 3D Graphic Support
- USB 3.0 Devices
- EFI BIOS
In addition to the virtual machine maximums above vSPhere 5 introduced changes to the Paravirtual SCSI adapter that now also supports boot disks. Paravirtual SCSI adapter promises reduced CPU cycle’s consumption and increase throughput for intensive workloads.
In a VDI context I don’t foresee use cases for such a Monster VM, but only time will tell. Perhaps Graphic intensive applications that require abundance CPU with large amount of disks for swap could be amongst of the first.
Anyway, I thought would be inspirational to create a Monster VM and demonstrate it here.