We wish to move our development-environment for our programmers to a sinlge but very powerfil server.
We mainly use Delphi, and this is currently installed locally on each developers PC. This is a nightmare when upgrading to newer versions. This is mainly bacause of a large number f third party packages. Allso some progrmmers have PC's of older date, - so there is allso an wish for better performance.
I have created a complete Win7/Delphi VMWare-image which is ready to clone, but we still need to buy the right server. This will probably be some IBM-server with 96+ GB RAm, 8-12 physical cores and perhaps a dedicated SSD-drive for each client.
My plan is to install the VMWare Player and then let each programmer execute his own VMWare-image in this. This would be free, but ofcause require win7-licences for each client.
BUT is this the right approach. Are there VMWare-tools better suited for this kind of job?
OR is it better to just make a multiuser-installation of Delphi+tolls directly on the server?
I think the VMWare-products is a jungle to find arround in.
Are the anyone with any experience in regard to establishing this kind of setup?