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Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware®: Doing IT Right by Michael Webster, Jeff Szastak, Michael Corey

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Chapter 3. Architecting for Performance: The Right Hypervisor

In this chapter we will discuss what a hypervisor is and the different types of virtualization hypervisors on the market. We will also discuss why some hypervisors will run applications true to the native or physical stack while other hypervisors may not.

This is especially important to understand given that a SQL Server database is one of the most complex applications you may ever virtualize. When a hypervisor does not run true to the physical stack it is possible to encounter bugs that would not exist in the physical world, introducing an additional level of complexity and risk that you need to be aware of. We will look at the different generations of VMware vSphere hypervisor. Just ...

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