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Learning VMware vSphere by Rebecca Fitzhugh, Abhilash G B

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Chapter 1. An Introduction to Server Virtualization Using VMware

Let's go back to a time when there wasn't a concept of server virtualization. We had data centers running a large number of machines; most of them were bought to run an application or a set of services. All those servers had enough CPU, memory, and storage capacity to host the application or the services that were running on it. The amount of compute and storage resources depended on what the application or the service would need during its peak load. However, the catch here is that not all servers execute peak load all the time. Research shows that more than 90% of hardware resources remain under-utilized. That is a huge number in terms of resource wastage. Running more than one ...

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