Chapter 14. Beyond the Box

As complex as server virtualization is, if that was all server admins had to worry about, life would be relatively simple—relative to the big picture as it stands, anyway. There is, of course, no rule that says you have to virtualize your entire data center. What you choose to virtualize depends on your objectives. We looked at various objectives in Chapter 1, “To Virtualize or Not to Virtualize?”; we will reexamine them in relation to their respective deployment strategies in Chapter 15, “Laying the Foundation: The Planning Stage.”

Server virtualization is easily defined. Sure, there are multiple ways to go about it and several environments and hypervisors from which to choose, but by and large it’s confined ...

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