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November 2010, Vol. 28

Virtualization management for VMs, networks optimization

As businesses move up into the next generation of virtualization, consolidation ratios will rise, making virtualization management more important. Adding more virtual machines (VMs) to servers can easily stress the underlying physical hardware resources and potentially affect network connectivity. A number of factors contribute to this situation. First, hardware vendors are increasing the amount of supported physical RAM in the host. In turn, hypervisor vendors are updating their software to address this memory.  Other virtualization management tips How to optimize VM placement in data centers Managing virtual data center growth and virtualization challenges Increasing network bandwidth available to virtual machines Additionally, as businesses embrace the virtual desktop approach, they will begin to see a greater density of VMs per physical box because virtual desktops are generally less memory-hungry than server-based VMs. Memory has typically been the biggest single constraint in achieving increased consolidation ratios. That ...

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