Comments on Virtualization RevisitedBuy, Build or Ignore?2010-09-24T18:40:00Zhttp://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/customapps/virtualization-revisited/feed/atom/By: WrobinsonWrobinsonhttp://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/customapps/virtualization-revisited/#comment-482008-03-23T18:51:53Z2008-03-23T18:51:53ZHi Joe, great article on the benefits of virtualization.
I too, use virtualization for demonstrations and test labs. The ability to convert physical computers to virtual machines, a process called P2V is also a great way to clone it for backup purposes or to enable its use as a utility to be used by others, as you mentioned. Today, in addition to ‘machine’ virtualization which typically encompasses a physical machine, its OS and applications, there are also products on the market from EMC Rainfinity and Microsoft SoftGrid that offer file and application virtualization respectively and opens the door to yet another completely new and different world of opportunity.
With Microsoft’s Hyper-V built into Windows Server 2008 which can run within Server Core without a GUI and only the components and services required to function according to a server’s desired role(s), Microsoft is poised to give VMware a run for its money.