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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    VMware Certified Associate

    VMware Certified Associate (VCA) is VMware's entry-level cloud and virtualization certification.

  • VMware EVALExperience

    VMware EVALExperience is a new subscription program provided by VMware and VMUG to give users year-long trial access to popular VMware data center products.

  • VMware Instant Clone (VM Fork)

    VMware Instant Clone is a feature within vSphere that enables an administrator to rapidly clone, or fork, an existing virtual machine.

  • VMware memory overcommit

    Memory overcommit is the memory allocation feature for Vmware.

  • VMware Photon Platform

    VMware Photon Platform is a container runtime and set of management and security tools to deploy and manage a large-scale container deployment.

  • VMware Project Bonneville

    VMware Project Bonneville allows administrators to provision and manage containers through vSphere by hosting containers as VMs.

  • VMware Project Lightwave

    VMware Project Lightwave is an open source project designed to improve container security and access control.

  • VMware Project Photon

    VMware Project Photon is an open source project developed by VMware as a lightweight operating system for containers.

  • VMware Technology Network (VMTN)

    VMware Technology Network (VMTN) is a now defunct subscription service that offered evaluation versions of VMware software.

  • VMware Tools

    VMware Tools is an optional, free set of drivers and utilities that enhances both the performance of a virtual machine’s guest operating system and interaction between the guest and the host.

  • VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager (MHM)

    VMware vCenter Multi-Hypervisor Manager (MHM) is a free component of vCenter Standard Edition that provides support for multiple hypervisors in vCenter Server.

  • VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite

    The VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite is a collection of infrastructure-management products for virtual data centers.

  • VMware vCloud Air

    VMware vCloud Air is an Infrastructure as a Service offering based on VMware’s vCenter. VMware renamed its cloud computing service, which was formerly called vCloud Hybrid Service, as part of a larger rebranding strategy that coincided with VMworld 2014.

  • VMware vFRC (VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache)

    VMware vFRC (VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache) is a feature that allows a virtualization host to use a local solid-state drive as a caching layer for virtual machines.

  • VMware vRealize Automation (VMware vCloud Automation Center, vCAC)

    VMware vRealize Automation, formerly called vCloud Automation Center, is a software product for unified cloud management. vRealize Automation provides administrators with the ability to provision and configure storage, network and compute resources across multiple private and hybrid cloud platforms.

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