Chapter 1. System Considerations

The design and architecture of a VMware ESX Server environment depends on a few different considerations, ranging from the types of applications and operating systems to virtualize, to how many physical machines are desired to virtualize, to upon what hardware to place the virtual environments. Quite quickly, any discussion about the virtual infrastructure soon evolves to a discussion of the hardware to use in the environment. Experience shows that, before designing a virtual datacenter, it’s important to understand what makes a good virtual machine host and the limitations of current hardware platforms. In this chapter, customer examples illustrate various architectures based on limitations and desired results. ...

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