All MacStadium private clouds provide virtualization on Mac hardware. However, development teams have different virtualization needs, so one solution may be a better fit than another. Costs become comparable once licensing and hardware requirements are taken into consideration, but overall performance will ultimately depend on your workloads. Want to learn more? Contact a MacStadium sales engineer for help.
VMware was the first hypervisor to support Macs. It has unmatched enterprise IT and security credibility and the latest release has built-in support for Mojave as well as Instant Clones, which are faster and lighter-weight than a VM has ever been. That said, Apple support and CI/CD are not VMware’s primary use case, which means that the experience can be clunky unless your team is already familiar with VMware products.
This hypervisor was built with iOS and Mac CI in mind and was built from the ground up to look and feel container-like. Turnkey plugins, simple APIs, and an easy CLI make Anka a great choice if you're eager to get started and don’t need VMware’s advanced features. Anka’s Registry also makes it easy to manage VM images over time. Anka was launched in 2018 and has been growing fast in the iOS DevOps community.