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What is Server Virtualization Software?

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.

Infrastructure managers emphasize host clustering support. For instance, will a server virtualization software package support at least 8 nodes and 90 VMs?  They pay attention to replication and disaster recovery as well as live migration in a VM/concurrent based migration without VM downtime.  Users seem to want a granular administration model. Stability is prized. 

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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Server Virtualization Software Questions

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wassim MAÂTOUGYou can have a look at Configuration Maximums sheets for both products. It is... more »
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Dan GillmanBoth are similar in features however if this is for ODA appliance then you... more »
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Albert BelI agree with all of the above I will add a -no nonsense approach-...a big... more »
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Atus Menezes da SilvaWhen you are researching by a virtualization solution, you must to have in... more »
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CHARBEL NEMNOM, PMP®Well Hyper-V Vs. VMware, the giant hypervisor in the market. Both are good,... more »
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Daniel ZeldisHaving worked with bot Hyper-V and VMware, I think comparing on features is... more »
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Christina Phillips, MBAI have used VMWare since version 1.0 when it ran on top of Windows, Hyper-V... more »
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Bruce PerrinTo Whom, The question is too broad. When looking at virtualization,... more »
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Farhan ParkarHow does Hyper-V compare to alternative Virtualization solutions? As usual... more »
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Francisco LopezHi. First of all making comparisons are to wide to make if you do not have... more »
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Jani NipalaMaybe you should ask this from Gartner directly ;=) - but yes agree. It is... more »
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Laura DiDioVMware has a well earned and well deserved reputation as a leader in the... more »
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Dan WithrowVMWare is the grandfather of virtualization. Everyone has tried everything... more »
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Laura DiDioThere is no doubt that VMware ESXi is a top notch product in terms of leading... more »
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Sven JohansenCan Raj10101 actually qualify what he's saying first? Please show me some... more »
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Peter GibsonHi, My main experience with virtualisation has been VMware... more »
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reviewer94827Sure, at a high level: VMware products allow you to set up multiple virtual... more »
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Jeffrey B. SmithIn short, there are so many options with each company that it is hard to... more »
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Dan WithrowAdding to Howard's points, you can virtualize NetScaler as well. It is now... more »
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Tim GoeddeThe best answer I can give as to an Evaluation Criteria Matrix is to know... more »
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M.TesfayeI do not have a written "Evaluation criteria for virtualization". My... more »
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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, and traditional data center environments across servers, storage,... more>>
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Nitin Vengurlekar is the co-founder and CTO of Viscosity North America, a leader in virtualization, Oracle Engineered Systems, Private Database Cloud and RAC implementations. At Viscosity Nitin is responsible for partner relationship and end-2-end solution deployment. Prior to joining... more>>
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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>>
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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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