Introduction to Virtualization e-book

Introduction to Virtualization covers data center virtualization for IT professionals who want to learn more about the benefits of this important and evolving technology. This e-book outlines the basics of virtualization technology, including disaster recovery, server consolidation, high availability, the top three virtualization platforms and more.

Virtualization has profoundly changed the IT industry, and the technology will continue to have an impact as it...

matures and evolves. Our e-book, Introduction to Virtualization, covers the basics of the technology for IT professionals who want to reap the benefits of virtualization in their data centers.'s Introduction to Virtualization e-book covers the basics of virtualization technology, including disaster recovery (DR), server consolidation, testing and development, high availability, storage, security, and the three key virtualization platforms: Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX. 

Chapter 4: Making virtual infrastructures highly available

This chapter address the following areas:

  • Choosing the best high-availability strategy for your virtual machines
  • Differences of live migration vs. high availability
  • Preparing a virtual HA infrastructure

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Chapter 3: Virtualizing a test and development lab

This chapter addresses following areas:

  • Benefits of consolidating volatile IT environments, including test and development labs
  • Licensing issues to consider when building virtualized environments
  • Simple and inexpensive steps to virtualizing your test and development lab

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Chapter 2: Optimizing server virtualization

This chapter addresses following areas:

  • Understanding the benefits, tradeoffs and risks of server virtualization
  • How to determine and track your virtual machine requirements
  • Identifying and addressing performance issues in your virtual environment

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Chapter 1: Virtualization concepts in disaster recovery

This chapter addresses following areas:

  • Deciding if a disaster recovery SAN, or storage area network, is appropriate for your data center
  • Disaster recovery testing in virtual environments
  • Must-have features for servers used in a virtualized DR plan

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This was last published in February 2009

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