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December 2008, Vol. 6

Setting up a virtual lab: Top tips and tricks

In this issue of Virtual Data Center, we expose the truth behind the lie of abracadabra virtualization. In articles on virtualizing test labs and physical to-virtual (P2V) migration, respectively, three virtualization experts—Chris Wolf and Nelson and Danielle Ruest—cut through the hype to reveal the hidden complexities that can derail both endeavors. Many users falsely believe that virtualization platforms and tools can do the magic in a planning vacuum, and that kind of thinking is bound to invite problems in a virtualization project. Rather than beat the old you-must-plan drum again, however, Wolf and the Ruests get specific about where your brain power can do the most good. Virtualizing test and development is usually the first virtualization project for an IT organization, writes Chris Wolf, a senior analyst at the Burton Group with 14 years of experience in virtualization (see page 3). After all, a virtualized laboratory is often the starting point for all subsequent virtualization projects so testers can find flaws and ...

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