If you are looking for a cheap(free) VM solution for your desktop, take a look at Sun's xVM VirtualBox. I was amazed and just how simple and easy it was to get up and running. I had Solaris 11 and the latest Fedora up and running in less than 1/2 hour. And most of that was download time. Sun really doesn't do a very good job of advertising some very good software products. Netbeans for example is a better Java IDE than Eclipse. But you would never know it.