What to know before you go virtual infrastructure hardware shopping

Smart shoppers know to compare memory, storage and network features when buying virtual infrastructure hardware.

You probably know by now that you can't always repurpose the same physical data center management or security tactics in your virtual environment. The same principle applies to infrastructure hardware shopping.

Intel and AMD were among the first vendors to recognize the changes virtualization brought to data centers, and outfitted their processors with virtualization extensions. In today's infrastructure hardware market, however, you not only have to consider processing power, but features such as high-performance GPUs, virtual RAM, multi-NIC teaming and solid-state storage.

No admin can afford to spend money on needless hardware. Learn your data center's requirements, brush up on the latest trends and shop smarter by taking this quiz.

This was first published in August 2013

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