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You can call me guy trying to enter the world of virtualization, being awfully impressed by softwares like vmware workstation and virtual box.

I have a latop, Dell Studio 17. It has got Intel Core I7 Processor, 4 GB Rams, 500 Gbs of hard disk space and I want to run a Hypervisor over my laptop.

Which would be the recommended product for me or other like me? I am trying to setup a virtual cloud networking, like setup a webserver, file server, database server, or plain hosts running different operating systems.

Any advice for me would be appreciated.

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My processor does support: Intel VT-x, Intel VT-d –  Starx Jul 21 '11 at 9:43
    
Cloud doesn't mean what you think it means. See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing –  paradroid Jul 21 '11 at 9:57
    
@paradroid, I have read with software like vSphere, you can pratically create anything, networks, hosts and server, one or many, using one system. I was trying to mention that. May be i didn't gave a complete meaning –  Starx Jul 21 '11 at 10:03
    
Yes you can, but VMware vSphere is not suitable for use on a laptop, and it is very expensive anyway. The ESXi component is free, but that is not suitable for your use either. In any case, this has little to do with 'cloud computing', which is all about outsourcing services. –  paradroid Jul 21 '11 at 10:09
    
BTW, to be a bit more helpful, I would suggest you look at VMware Player and VirtualBox, and if you don't mind paying a bit, VMware Workstation (assuming you are using Windows). –  paradroid Jul 21 '11 at 10:15

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If you want to run the hypervisor in the background forever, you should definitely try VMware Server 2. It's free and allows anything VMware Workstation does. It also has a rights system so not everyone can access your virtualized machines. It also is, in my opinion, cleaner to use for many guest OSs

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But what makes it different from vmware workstation. –  Starx Jul 21 '11 at 10:17
    
It runs even without you logging into the system. It starts as a service so you can't accidentally stop it by logging out of your system. –  sinni800 Jul 22 '11 at 21:25

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