Server Virtualization Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing server virtualization and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

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  • M

    Microsoft System Center Orchestrator

    Microsoft System Center Orchestrator is a workflow automation software product introduced as part of the Microsoft System Center 2012 suite.

  • Microsoft TechNet

    Microsoft TechNet is an online resource site that offers IT professionals free access to learning content and discussion forums.

  • Microsoft Virtual Server

    Microsoft Virtual Server is a scalable server virtualization program distributed by Microsoft that enables multiple operating systems (OS) to run on a single physical server... (Continued)

  • Microsoft Windows Management Framework (WMF)

    Microsoft Windows Management Framework (WMF) is a driver that that allows the machine to read/use new updates on software.

  • Microsoft Windows PowerShell Web Access (Windows PWA)

    Microsoft Windows PowerShell Web Access (PWA) is a feature in Windows Server 2012 that acts as a Windows PowerShell gateway to connect to a remote computer or device in your environment, providing a PowerShell console-like screen in a browser to run cmdlets or scripts to manage a virtualization environment.

  • Mirror Mode (VMware Mirror Mode)

    Mirror Mode is a virtual machine backup feature for VMware vSphere 5.0.

  • N

    nested virtualization

    Nested virtualization describes the process of running a hypervisor within another hypervisor.

  • Network Load Balancing (NLB)

    Network Load Balancing is a Windows Server feature that can distribute network traffic among multiple servers.

  • network virtualization

    Network virtualization is a method of combining the available resources in a network by splitting up the available bandwidth into channels, each of which is independent from the others, and each of which can be assigned (or reassigned) to a particular server or device in real time.

  • NTBackup (Microsoft Windows NT backup)

    NTBackup is a built-in backup application introduced with Microsoft Windows NT.

  • O

    OpenStack Foundation

    The OpenStack Foundation manages and oversees the development of the OpenStack open source cloud platform.

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  • oVirt

    The free virtualization management Web application community project, oVirt, was started by Red Hat Inc.

  • P

    Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM)

    Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM) is a program that enables distributed computing among networked computers on different platforms, so that they can perform as a single, large unit for computer-intensive applications... (Continued)

  • paravirtualization

    Paravirtualization is an enhancement of virtualization technology in which a guest OS is recompiled prior to installation inside a virtual machine... (Continued)

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