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April 25, 2007 / Steve Rosa

Virtualization in the SMB Environment

Walter Scott has made a very good article on the topic of virtualization in the SMBs.

After a short introduction, Walter goes trough some technological issues:

  • Deploying a Server: Migration from physical to virtual, virtual to physical, virtual to virtual and physical to physical.
  • Hardware and Software Support: Support for multiple hardware platforms and operating systems, including both 32- and 64-bit servers as well as VMware, Microsoft, XenSource and Parallels virtual environments.
  • Customizing the Migration Process: Migrate an entire system or specific files to another server.
  • Working with Data: Migrating either live data or data at rest with either an on-line or off-line migration with minimal disruption.
  • Disaster Recovery: Take a backup image and migrate that to a new server for historic data retrieval purposes.

The conclusion is Use the right tool for the job.

Steve

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