I have a sturdy development laptop configured with Windows 8. I currently have everything running on it (Office/desktop software, Visual Studio, SQL Express 2012 and SQL Standard 2012). Despite the machine running an i7 with 12 GB ram and a SSD 500 GB drive I'm experiencing sluggish performance.
In an effort to identify the issue and possibly improve my config I am considering running my DB servers on a VM which I will only enable when required. I do not want to reinstall everything so am uncertain if VMware's ESXi is an option but am uncertain what is.
I am looking for advice on a VM solution for this as well as recommendations on configuration and input on whether my approach of moving the DBs to a VM is sound.