In This Chapter
Examining the basics of virtualization
Weighing the benefits of virtualization
Installing VMware Player
Creating and using virtual machines
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 is a brief introduction to virtualization, with an emphasis on using it to leverage your network server hardware to provide more servers using less hardware. In addition to the general concepts of virtualization, you find out how to experiment with virtualization by using VMware’s free virtualization product, VMware Player.