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This chapter provides an overview of major virtual platforms and tools on the market with a focus on building a framework for the cloud. Virtualization is not everything when it comes to moving to the cloud—it’s important for IT professionals to understand the key differences between virtualization and cloud so they can take the necessary next steps. This chapter explains how automation, VM templating, chargeback and other features define cloud computing. We explore considerations surrounding various virtualization platforms (mainly Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and Citrix XenServer), plus new management tools on the market that can help companies build upon their virtual infrastructure and fully prepare for a cloud environment. Access >>>
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Virtualization management challenges
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VM management and capacity prediction
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As virtual machine migrations accelerate, don't get left behind
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