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Whitepaper:Virtualization: Transforming the IT Landscape

VMware released a 22 page whitepaper on September 2006. 

Overview:
The 1990s set the stage for the current demand for virtualization software. Contributing factors included the availability of standardized, high-volume, and increasingly fast Intel and AMD processors, ubiquitous Microsoft and Linux operating systems, low cost storage and memory, full distributed systems support, Ethernet, NFS and the World Wide Web.

VMware revisited the virtual machines that IBM pioneered for mainframe systems in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Since the x86 architecture did not support virtualization and using virtual machines on mainframes required a proprietary operating system and hardware, the technology did not achieve market success.

VMware changed this by enabling virtualization on industry standard components without requiring changes to industry-standard processors or operating systems. VMware invented the hosted model for desktop virtualization software with VMware Workstation. The company added bare metal virtualization for servers in 2 001 with ESX Server and invented VMotion for the live migration of virtual machines. VMware also introduced virtual appliances-pre-installed and pre-configured application and operating system environments that run on virtual machines - that are distributed in a similar fashion to the popular software as a service (SaaS) distribution model. VMware's newest offering, VMware Infrastructure 3, provides a true distributed virtualization platform for the data center.

Check it out, here.

Published Wednesday, September 27, 2006 6:28 PM by David Marshall
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