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VMware updates ESXi, adding support for the Mac Pro

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October 20, 2014

Earlier today, VMware said it made a small update to ESXi that, among other things, adds support for the Mac Pro.

VMware's new ESXi 5.5 patch 3, offers a collection of various updates that address security and stability issues.

VMware's not mentioning it on its download page however, but staffer William Lam has helpfully let us know that the update also means ESXi can now run on the Mac Pro.

Lam's blogged about this scenario before, noting last July that VMware struck “some unforeseen challenges that is currently preventing the current version of ESXi to run on the new Mac Pro.”

At the time, Lam said that both VMware and Apple were working to solve the issue. That collaboration now looks to have been successful.

Lam also writes that “when the next release of vSphere is available, the Apple Mac Pro will also be certified and supported.”

Might that be a hint that the next edition of vSphere will be called vSphere.next, making VMware's hoped-for change in product naming scheme a reality? Maybe, but we'll have to wait to learn more soon.

While you're pondering that, consider also why anyone would want to run vSphere on a Mac Pro. Yes, the machines are mighty workstations. But even when slotted into something like Sonnet's 4U, two-machine rack mounting you're only getting a dozen Xeon cores in the 4U.

That's a trivial core count, suggesting that those who really want Mac Pros as their hosts have some other nefarious schemes in mind.

Source: VMware.

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