I am facing the possibility of a new project that would involve running substantial Windows software on my Mac Pro. ArcInfo is a possibility. It is a geographic information system that uses images, points, lines and polygons to map the surface of the earth and superimpose text, icons, colors and shading to customize the screen presentation to meet the needs of the user. In the past, I have used PC workstations connected to a server that accessed a SAN containing about 10TB of images and data managed by an Oracle DB. I used Nvidia Quadro FX graphics cards in the workstations.
In the possible project I am now contemplating, I would love to be able to run ArcInfo on a souped up Mac Pro using Windows on Boot Camp, a VMware product, or Parallels. I don't yet know the data requirements of this project, but I need to have room for growth in case the project became as large as the last one.
With that lengthy intro, my question is: How robust are those three methods of running Windows on a Mac? I'd prefer to be able to use VMware or Parallels because they do not require rebooting for access and their disk images are treated like any other data by SuperDuper! My main concern is whether any of the "Windows on a Mac" solutions are as capable as a Windows-only workstation.
Mac Pro dual Quad-Core Intel Xeons Early 2008; 16GB RAM; MacOS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.5