Network & Server Virtualization

Virtualization Overview

Using virtualization, traditional software and hardware resources -- such as operating systems, servers, switches, storage and network resources -- can be replicated in software, which can add impressive cost savings, agility, and flexibility to IT operations. One of the most common types of virtualization is server virtualization, which is used to consolidate traditional server hardware onto a smaller number of physical servers. Microsoft's Hyper-V and VMware's vSphere are the two most popular server virtualization offerings in the enterprise today.

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Recent Virtualization Articles

Why Blade Servers are the Wrong Choice

By Aidan Finn - July 21, 2014

Considering the purchase of blade servers for your IT department? Aidan Finn argues that blade servers are the wrong choice for today's data center.

Controlling SMB Multichannel in Windows Server 2012 R2

By Aidan Finn - July 18, 2014

Our two-part series on SMB 3.0 and SMB Multichannel concludes with a discussion of smart SMB design, SMB Multichannel constraints, and SMB bandwidth limits.

Managing SMB Multichannel in SMB 3.0

By Aidan Finn - July 16, 2014

In part one of this article series, Aidan Finn shows how to design and manage SMB Multichannel in SMB 3.0, which is a data protocol that is available in Windows

Pause and Drain Actions on Windows Server 2012 R2 Clusters

By Aidan Finn - July 10, 2014

Make your IT administration easier with Microsoft's Windows Server 2012's ability to pause and drain clusters.

Editor's Picks

Boot a Hyper-V Virtual Machine from a USB Drive

By Peter De Tender - January 21, 2013

Can't get enough virtualization? Learn how to boot a Hyper-V VM to a USB drive in this tutorial by IT pro Peter de Tender.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.4 Review

By Jeff James - December 19, 2012

Looking for a free, easy-to-use desktop virtualization product? Find out if the latest version of Oracle VM VirtualBox makes the cut in our review.

Intro to Virtualization: Hardware, Software, Memory, Storage, Data and Network Virtualization Defined

By Bill Hill - March 12, 2012

What exactly is virtualization and what are the benefits? This guide is designed specifically for IT professionals who are new to virtualization, and takes a

Citrix XenDesktop 5: Intro to Desktop Virtualization Part 1

By Elias Khnaser - October 4, 2011

In this first of three posts, Elias Khnaser introduces Citrix XenDesktop 5, explains what Desktop Virtualization is and why it is becoming more prominent.

Top 10 VMware Performance Tweaks

By David Davis - January 8, 2009

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