Hardware versus OS Virtualization, from BriForum 2008

Many organizations today are interested in deploying a machine virtualization solution and are looking for a primer on the basic technology options that are available and their relative benefits and limitations.

This is a video of a breakout session from BriForum 2008, presented by Steve Greenberg and Joe Shonk.

Session Description: Many organizations today are interested in deploying a machine virtualization solution and are looking for a primer on the basic technology options that are available and their relative benefits and limitations. The most common approach today is Hardware Virtualization and is best represented in the commercial product VMWare ESX Server. Somewhat less widely known, but critical to a complete understanding, is Operating System Virtualization which is best represented by the SWSoft's Virtuozzo product. The purpose of this presentation is to accurately describe the differences and practical applications of Hardware Virtualization and Operating System virtualization and to describe the ideal applications for both technologies in typical enterprise environments. Larger organizations are likely to benefit from both technologies so it is essential to fully understand both approaches before beginning the design and implementation phases of new projects.

An overview of both technologies is presented highlighting both the benefits and downsides of each approach. In addition, specific recommendations based on our recent customer experiences are included in table form to provide concrete and relevant examples of target applications of each technology. These will also be contrasted to cases where virtualization is not the best option and a true "hardware" server is preferred.

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