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Virtualize any OS on Mac hardware with VMware

VMware on Mac

We offer the best solution for virtualizing macOS/OS X, Windows, and Linux on genuine Apple hardware by pairing it with VMware.

On dedicated servers in all of our data centers, we offer the latest stable version of the VMware ESXi hypervisor. This latest version includes a HTML5 client for easy management of running virtual machines.

Hosted Mac private cloud environments are deployed with VMware Enterprise Plus licensing which includes vSphere and the vCenter app for efficient management and scaling. 

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VMware Enterprise Plus Licensing

All Mac Private Cloud environments have access to a powerful set of VMware features.

High Availability

Protection against hardware failure and operating system malfunction. The HA service monitors your virtual machines at all times. If one goes down, VMware High Availability will automatically restart it on another node in your private cloud. Your VM will be available again within minutes, without any human intervention.


Move virtual machines running on one host to another with one click. There’s no service downtime as your VM’s active memory and operating status are transferred immediately. End-users are not affected (unlike typical scheduled maintenance on bare metal hardware), as the network is also virtualized and the virtual machines retain their network identity and connections.

vNetwork Distributed Switch

Centralize the provisioning, administration and monitoring of your virtual machines, using a network cluster combination. The vNetwork Distributed Switch ensures quality of service (QoS) to different VMware network features by allocating the maximum bandwidth wherever needed.

vSphere API for Automation

The vSphere API is exposed as a Web service, running on VMware vSphere server systems. The API provides access to the vSphere management components—the managed objects that you can use to manage, monitor, and control life-cycle operations of virtual machines and other virtual infrastructure components (data centers, datastores, networks, and so on).

Site Recovery Manager

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager is a disaster recovery solution that provides automated orchestration and non-disruptive testing of centralized recovery plans for all virtualized applications. MacStadium offers geographically-diverse data centers for site-to-site replication of private cloud environments.

Distributed Resource Scheduler

DRS optimizes your private cloud infrastructure without any human intervention required. Whatever activity peaks you may have, this feature will spread the load of your virtual machines evenly across the nodes in your private cloud. This enables you to easily deploy multiple virtual machines while keeping costs down.

Linked Clones

Virtual machine copies created from the snapshot of a single parent VM. Using linked clones allows for faster creation of virtual machines by using the exact files on the parent VM at the time of snapshot. This allows multiple virtual machines to use the same software installation. Linked clones require access to the parent virtual machine at all times; without access the linked clone will be disabled.

Storage vMotion

Move your virtual machine disk files between various storage spaces without interruption. vMotion guarantees the integrity of these operations so the service remains available during scheduled storage maintenance. This feature is also very useful for migrating to new filers.

Thin Provisioning

Your storage requirements are decreased through dynamic allocation of disk space. Your virtual machines will have the right amount of disk space without their performance being affected. Your investment and operating costs will also be reduced due to lower storage requirements.

vSphere Replication

Continually replicate running virtual machines to geographically-diverse locations. Replication creates a copy of a virtual machines that can be stored locally within a cluster or at another site, providing a data source to rapidly restore a virtual machine within minutes.

Network & Storage I/O Control

Configure rules and strategies for every virtual machine and application to enable permanent availability. As soon as congestion is detected, resources are automatically allocated to high priority applications.

Hot Add

Usage won’t put a strain on your projects any more thanks to Hot Add. This feature enables you to increase processor and memory resources allocated to your virtual machines. The operation is carried out instantly—without service disruption.

Creating VMs from the Marketplace or OVF

Compress and share virtual machines using the VMware Marketplace exchange platform. Find hundreds of preconfigured VMs ready to be deployed. VMware .ovf files can be executed immediately for easy deployment in development and testing environments.

BYOL (Bring Your Own Licensing)

Whether you’re accessing a Mac private cloud or a Mac mini running VMware, we won’t force you to use the VMware licensing we provide. Many customers with existing VMware environments (internally or at other hosting providers) integrate their MacStadium VMware deployments into their existing environments and VMware licensing. You’re free to request the same when we configure your private cloud.

If you have a single Mac mini or Pro you can request a free ESXi 6.0 license from VMware to continue using your Mac running VMware indefinitely.