Article: An Introduction to Virtualization

| by Scott Delap Follow 0 Followers on Jun 30, 2008. Estimated reading time: less than one minute |
It is easy to think that virtualization applies only to servers. In reality the recent resurgence of the concept is being applied at a variety of levels including networking, storage, and application infrastructure. In this introduction to the topic InfoQ dives into each area describing its uses as well as benefits and disadvantages.


The IT industry makes heavy use of buzzwords and ever changing terms to define itself. Sometimes the latest nomenclature the industry uses is a particular technology such as x86 or a concept such as green computing. Terms rise and fall out of favor as the industry evolves. In recent years the term virtualization has become the industry’s newest buzzword. This raises the question … just what is virtualization? The first concept that comes to the mind of the average industry professional is running one or more guest operating systems on a host. However, digging a little deeper reveals this definition is too narrow. There are a large number of services, hardware, and software that can be “virtualized”. This article will take a look at these different types of virtualization along with the pros and cons of each...

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Nice breakdown! by Kurt Christensen

If an IT manager was not hip to virtualization, I'd send her or him to this article before reading anything else. Very nice.

Re: Nice breakdown! by Vikrant Choudhary

Really interesting and a basic stuff for one who wants to understand virtualization

Cloud computing? by Afkham Azeez

Cloud computing is also an area of virtualization which is gaining a lot of popularity. Several key players such as Amazon, Google & Microsoft have entered into this field, which some experts predict to be the next major change or paradigm shift in the industry.

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Re: Cloud computing? by Edward Savage

Besides the software mentioned in the article, I would recommend everyone check into the open source VirtualBox application.

Simple Inroduction for the Management Folks by Chirag Chamoli

Thanks for the Introduction. Here is another one I like. Very simple and to the point

Can you verify this statement you made in this article? by Schumann Rafizadeh

"The term [virtualization] was first used in conjunction with the IBM CP-370."

This statement is inaccurate and the term Virtualization was never used in any IBM literature before 2002. The term "Vritualization" was first used by Flash Vos in their literature and patent applications for system virtualization in late 90's.

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