IN THIS CHAPTER
Examining the basics of virtualization
Looking at what a hypervisor does
Considering how disks and networks are virtualized
Weighing the benefits of virtualization
Choosing host servers
Considering how virtualization affects Microsoft licensing for Windows Server
Virtualization is one of the hottest trends in networking today. According to some industry pundits, virtualization is the best thing to happen to computers since the invention of the transistor. If you haven’t already begun to virtualize your network, you’re standing on the platform watching as the train is pulling out.
This chapter introduces you to the basic concepts of virtualization, with an emphasis on using it to leverage your network server hardware to provide more servers using less hardware. Virtualization can dramatically simplify the design of your network — ...