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Server virtualization software, sometimes also called platform virtualization software, is a staple of the modern data center. Virtualization involves emulating a complete physical computer in virtual form. As a result, it becomes possible to run multiple “virtual machines” (VMs) on a single physical device. Given the importance of virtualization to infrastructure strategy, current product offerings for server virtualization tend to be feature rich and highly sophisticated.
When evaluating server virtualization solutions, IT Central Station member comments reflect the depth of functionality and nuances of products on the market today. Preferences go well beyond basics like wanting a virtualization package to be flexible and easy to install and configure.
Enterprises are now essentially running their entire infrastructures on top of server virtualization software. As a result, users look for capabilities like automatic mirroring/backup using snapshots on the runtime as a way to minimize the number of fail-recovery procedures and downtime. IT Central Station members pay attention to how well a server virtualization solution can handle multiple physical machines, maintaining relative processing demand to get to optimal usage of each physical machine. The goal is to minimize overload at peak times.
Portability and usability also drive selection of virtualization managers. With admins on call anywhere, some users want the software to run on a laptop without using up much battery power. The quality of the web client also matters in this context.
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Greg Schulz is Founder and Sr Advisor of the independent IT advisory and consultancy firm Server StorageIO (StorageIO). StorageIO provides advisory and consultancy services in and around data infrastructure, cloud, virtualization, container, software-defined, NVMe, flash, object storage,... more>>
VMware vExpert 2014/2015
VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)
Itil v4 Foundation Certified
MCSA: Windows Server 2008
MCTS: Windows Server® 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
MCTS: Windows Server® 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
Over 13 years experience as an Oracle DBA, Oracle Application Server Administrator, Oracle Golden Gate Specialist, Red Hat Certified Engineer and Network Administrator.
Specialties: Architecture definitions, installations, disaster recovery, clustering, performance tuning, replications.
Extensive analyst and reporting expertise. Over a decade (12+ years) of experience as senior level high technology Research Analyst at Yankee Group and Giga Information Group. In this capacity, I interacted with a wide variety of leading software, hardware and networking vendors and did extensive... more>>
1999 Compaq Proliant Servers
1999 Ms Windows NT 4.0 Fundamentals
2002 Ms Windows XP Fundamentals
2002 HP Unix Fundamentals
2006 Linux System Administration
2007 HP Linux course for advanced unix administrators
2009 HP Linux Troubleshooting
2012 Prince 2 Foundation
Business Development Specialist
Howard has worked in the technology industry for over 20 years building client focused sales and service strategies. Howard is a strategic thinker and is trusted by many prominent organizations.
Howard has guided organizations through complex IT... more>>
My experience is built from a passion for technical solutions and use this technology to architect problem solving solutions. With my experience in management of multidisciplinary teams I have been able to setup a firm cloud foundation. Building further services on top and growing the company at... more>>
Technical lead - Infrastructure Consulting / Transformation
Sakar Upadhya has 9 years of IT experience in enterprise infrastructure design, implementation, and administration. He has successfully executed several VMware & Windows implementation projects to the cloud infrastructure that have yielded major improvements in operations, reduced total cost... more>>
Stephen Beaver is the co-author of VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center and Scripting VMware Power Tools: Automating Virtual Infrastructure Administration as well as being contributing author of Mastering VMware vSphere 4 and How to Cheat at Configuring VMware ESX Server. Stephen is... more>>
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