Virtualization performce old server vs new desktop


I currently have two machine - one server. Appologize for the legth - wanted to be a specific as i can.

Intel - S5000PSLSATAR (Intel® Server Board S5000PSL)
 Intel S5000PSLSATAR Server Board, I5000P/6xSATA/8xFBDIMM/2xGigaLAN/VIDEO/RAID 0, 1, 10/XEON 5XXX
 Form Factor: SSI EEB 3.6, 12 x 13 inch / 305 x 330 mm


Intel - BX80574E5410A
 Intel Xeon E5410 Quad Core 2.33Ghz/12MB/LGA6/1333FSB/Active Intel Specification (LGA771)

Kingston - KVR667D2D4F5/4GI

24 GB Ram total.

Adaptec RAID 7805

I have 4 SATA drives running in a Raid-6 or Raid-4 configuration. I think it is Raid-6

Hard to check at the moment as I don't have physical access.

Anyay it currently runs Vmware ESXi 6.0

Now what I am thinking of doing in moving the whole raid system to my new computer which is a desktop

GA-X99-UD4 (rev. 1.0)

64 GB of RAM
CPU: Core i7-5930K

This computer runs Windows 10 x64 professional and I will use VMWare Workstation 11 to do my virtualization instead.
(Will updagrade to 12 later).

So my questions are considering how old my server is compared to my new machine will virtualization go faster.

So I am not going to be doing anything dumb like running gaming at the same time.

ie. when running VMware Workstation that is all I be doing on the machine.

Also I am figuring the old server might of had a performance bottleneck with IO due to the backplane but that is a guess.

So i realize I will lose all the VM's and have to re-create things. But really interested to see what people think

BTW it is just me that uses this virtualization solution - so it is single user only.

So I am really interested in if I can expect a performance increase or decrease.


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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You are switching from a Type 1 Hypervisor Bare Metal to a Type 2 Hypervisor, so theory would state there would be performance loss. e.g. CPU, and Disk I/O.

However, Intel i7 and 64GB RAM do work very well with VMware Workstation, and performance is very good, however, you could benefit from SSDs to support the virtual machine disks. (VMDKs).

You may find multiple VMs together, you may observe performance loss, make sure you pre-allocate ALL RAM (Reserve) in the VMware Workstation settings.

So I think it would be close, but depends what you are doing with the system, and virtual machines.

No need to lose all your VMs, these can be converted and migrated with VMware Converter.

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whorsfallAuthor Commented:

Thanks for the hints that is great :)

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