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Introduction: Editor’s Letter
This article is part of the Virtual Data Center issue of June 2008, Vol. 3
Consider this month’s Virtual Data Center ezine as a virtualization Who’s Who or, perhaps, What’s What. In this issue, we act as docents to VMware, the elder statesman of server virtualization, and adventure guides for the wild world of a new frontier: desktop virtualization. You’ll learn more about the maze of products and technologies that make up VMware’s virtualization ecosystem. Then you’ll get what may be the most comprehensive guide to desktop virtualization today, a technology that vendors have rushed into with new approaches and products. Currently, VMware is the only server virtualization vendor with mature, production-ready products that have exceeded a third release. Filling gaps in management and migration has brought new tools, such as VMware Consolidated Backup and Storage VMotion, respectively. VMware has also ventured into desktop virtualization with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. In this issue, IT expert David Davis identifies the key VMware building blocks for a dynamic, production-level virtualization ...
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Features in this issue
VMware’s ecosystem of virtualization offerings is extensive, but the wealth of choice may be confusing rather than helpful. Here we sift through the various offerings.
Desktop virtualization has centralized management of far-flung machines, but the options remain dispersed and daunting. Kutz leads the way in defining which virtual desktop technology might suit your company’s needs.
Columns in this issue
A field guide to two virtualization worlds.