Showing posts from October, 2010

Iomega External SSD Flash Drive, VM users rejoice!

Iomega recently announced their new line of external SSD drives with some interesting specs, namely:

USB 3.0/2.0 / ExpressCard /PCIe191MB/s max read speed130MB/s max write speed256 bit AES hardware encryption1.2 million hour life-span They will be available in 64/128/256 GB versions, costing $229/$399/$749 respectively.
I've been looking forward to something like this for running my portable virtual machines from. Typical Flash USB sticks suffer from slow write speeds, making them non-suitable for running VMs from. 
The fastest USB stick around at the moment is the Corsair GTR with a maximum write-speed of 28MB/s. The current market price for the 64GB version of this is around $159. An external 5400rpm USB2.0 HD has similar or better read/write speeds though, so there's really not much point in going for something like the GTR, except for faster seek times and lower latency. I currently run my VMs from a $68 StoreJet 320GB, which offers much better value for money.
$229 for a 64GB …

VMWare Player 3.1.2 vs. VirtualBox 3.2.8

I've been using both VirtualBox and VMWare over the last few weeks to virtualize my everyday productivity environments. That is, instead of carrying my laptop around to and from work, and being bound by the software installed on that, I now carry a USB portable hard-drive with my virtual machines, which I can run on whatever hardware is at hand. The advantage of this is that I can carry something smaller, and I can make best use of the fastest hardware available, instead of being bound to my 1.2GHz ULV CPU of the laptop.

My dream would be to have a virtual operating system on a fast flash USB drive (and by this I mean fast write, I've blogged about this before, but most USB flash drives these days are slower than an external 5400rpm USB hard-disk) that I can plug into any computer available and simply power up.

The closest I've come to this is using VirtualBox Portable. This is an unofficial re-pack of the VirtualBox client which you can just extract to USB and double-clic…