An FD's Guide to virtualisation. By Stewart Twynham

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From government departments and large corporations, right down to the one-man-band web designer two doors down from you, IT people have been getting excited about virtualisation. And with good reason. Virtualisation can slash your hardware and support costs, reduce downtime, improve performance, increase scalability, allow legacy applications to run on any hardware, and even make disaster recovery easier. Just dont expect to achieve all that at the same time.


Virtualisation is about letting multiple applications (and more typically) multiple operating systems run on a single piece of hardware. For example, instead of buying four new servers, each with its own copy of Windows 2003 Server you could instead buy one big server and have all four copies of Windows...

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