Server virtualization has the potential of transforming data centers in almost every major enterprise. This compelling, proven technology comes to market with the promise of providing significant cost savings to enterprises that use it.
In a nutshell, server virtualization allows multiple instances of a software application (including its underlying operating system environment) to run concurrently on one physical server. The benefits are realit frees IT professionals from the shackles of the "one server, one application" vendor mandates of the past. The result is significant cost savings from reduced equipment, administrative, and facilities expenses. Server virtualization provides important "soft" benefits as well, including improved utilization of servers and load balancing, faster speed to production for new applications, greater flexibility to support a mixture of production and test environments, and simplified storage and disaster recovery strategies.
IT groups are seeking strategies to deliver more reliable, adaptable, and scalable infrastructure solutions at a predictable cost. Virtualization brings us one step closer to utility computing as more of our enterprise clients view themselves as utilities, or internal "service providers." I am confident that you will find this book not only valuable in describing the area of VMware technology but also effective in articulating the people and process components of server virtualization. We hope you enjoy reading this book as much as we've enjoyed writing it!
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