Servers and virtualization Definitions

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  • A

    AMD (Advanced Micro Devices)

    AMD is the second largest maker of personal computer microprocessors after Intel.

  • H

    hardware emulation

    Hardware emulation is the use of one hardware device to mimic the function of another hardware device.  Microsoft's Hyper-V includes hardware emulation because the Integration Services can only be installed on certain guest operating systems.

  • host virtual machine (host VM)

    A host virtual machine is the server component of a virtual machine (VM), the underlying hardware that provides computing resources to support a particular guest virtual machine (guest VM).

  • I

    Intel VT (Virtualization Technology)

    Intel VT (Virtualization Technology) is the company's hardware assistance for processors running virtualization platforms.

  • P

    PowerPC

    PowerPC is a microprocessor architecture that was developed jointly by Apple, IBM, and Motorola.

  • S

    server hardware degradation

    Server hardware degradation is the gradual breakdown of the physical parts of a server.

  • server virtualization

    Server virtualization is the masking of server resources, including the number and identity of individual physical servers, processors, and operating systems, from server users.

  • SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) 

    SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) is a 32- and 64-bit microprocessor architecture from Sun Microsystems that is based on reduced instruction set computing (RISC).

  • V

    virtual hard drive

    A virtual hard drive file is a container file that acts similar to a physical hard drive.

  • VMQ (Virtual Machine Queue)

    VMQ (Virtual Machine Queue) is a type of hardware packet filtering that delivers packet data from an outside virtual machine network directly to a virtualized host operating system. 

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