Chapter 2. Comparing Virtualization Technologies

With this chapter, we begin our exploration of several popular virtualization strategies and explain how each works. The aim is to bring you the operational information you need to make informed choices for your strategy. Each vendor’s software has its own interface (console), its own methods of building, importing, and altering virtual machines (VM), and its own idiosyncrasies, tweaks, and tools.

This chapter gives you a vendor-neutral but technical overview of the types of virtualization available. We approach the various types of virtualization from an application and performance perspective—in other words, a practical look at each technology and its implication for you. Each section ...

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