Chapter 2

The ESXi Hypervisor

Underpinning any design based on vSphere technologies is the hypervisor. ESXi host software drives vSphere deployments and makes guest virtualization possible. VMware's hypervisors have evolved rapidly over the years, and the basis of the enterprise offering has gone through a recent transition phase. It has emerged stronger on the other side with the new slim-line ESXi, more efficient, more capable, and more flexible than before.

This chapter looks closely at ESXi: what makes it tick and how to get it out across your organization. We'll dive deeply into its internal structure to understand the components that a design revolves around. There is an abundance of deployment choices, and these speak to the platform's ...

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