Server Virtualization Definitions

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  • S

    STONITH (Shoot The Other Node In The Head)

    STONITH (Shoot The Other Node In The Head) is a Linux service for maintaining the integrity of nodes in a high-availability (HA) cluster. 

  • storage pools

    Storage pools are capacity aggregated from disparate physical storage resources in a shared storage environment.

  • stretched cluster

    A stretched cluster is a deployment model in which two or more virtualization host servers are part of the same logical cluster but located in separate geographical locations.

  • T

    thin hypervisor

    A thin hypervisor is a stripped down hypervisor that allows multiple operating systems to run on one host.

  • transparent page sharing

    Transparent page sharing (TPS) is a memory management technology in virtualization.

  • Type 2 hypervisor (hosted hypervisor)

    A Type 2 hypervisor, also known as a hosted hypervisor, is a virtual machine manager that installs on top of a host's operating system (OS). 

  • V

    virtual

    In computing, virtual is a digitally replicated version of something real. The replication, which is created with software, may not be an exact copy of the real thing, but it is similar enough in essence to be described as a digital rendition.

  • virtual appliance

    A virtual appliance is a virtual machine image file consisting of a pre-configured operating system environment and a single application. The purpose of a virtual appliance is to simplify delivery and operation of an application. To this end, only necessary operating system components are included.

  • virtual file system (VFS)

    A virtual file system (VFS) is programming that forms an interface between an operating system's kernel and a more concrete file system. 

  • virtual hard drive

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

  • virtual machine (VM)

    A virtual machine (VM) is a software computer that, like a physical computer, runs an operating system and applications.

  • Virtual Machine Management Service

    Virtual Machine Management Service, also known as VMMS or vmms.exe, is the main module in Microsoft Windows operating system that controls all aspects of Hyper-V server virtualization.

  • virtual memory ballooning

    Virtual memory ballooning allows a physical host to recapture unused memory on its guest virtual machines and allocate the resource where needed.

  • virtual networking

    Virtual networking is a technology that facilitates the control of one or more remotely located computers or servers over the Internet... (Continued)

  • Virtual PC

    Virtual PC is a program that emulates Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, as well as IBM OS/2, or Linux on a Macintosh personal computer, assuming it's equipped with a sufficiently fast microprocessor.

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