Server virtualization basics quiz

Server virtualization is more than just the flavor of the month in today's data center, and for good reason. It offers the potential to dramatically save space and improve server efficiency. Vendors are in fierce competition to offer the most advanced tools that they hope will earn them the virtualization crown. If you're new to this technology or just trying to make an informed decision about your data center this server virtualization quiz is a must read.

Choose the best answer to each question then click the "Check Score" button at the bottom of the page to view your score. Incorrect responses will be displayed red. View explanations and references to each question by following the "Check answer" link. Good luck!

1. Which of these applications are usually good candidates for virtualization?

a) Applications that are computing-intensive
b) Applications that suffer low utilization
c) Both of the above
d) Neither of the above

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2. True or False? IT managers will be able to reduce the size of their staff by virtualizing servers.

a) True
b) False

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3. True or False? Server virtualization and server consolidation are the same thing.

a) True
b) False

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4. Which server virtualization vendor currently offers the broadest x86 virtualization functions and mature virtualization management tools?

a) Xen
b) VMmare
c) IBM Advanced POWER Virtualization
d) Microsoft Virtual Server

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5. True or False? Server virtualization makes security management more complex.

a) True
b) False

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6. For cost-benefit and performance reasons, it's best to start virtualization on servers with what kind of workloads? Choose the best response.

a) lightly loaded servers
b) servers with medium loads
c) heavily loaded servers
d) none, virtualization has no cost or performance benefits

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7. True or False? Blade servers are required to run server virtualization software.

a) True
b) False

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8. Virtual Iron's use of Infiniband technology does which of the following:

a) It provides support for Xen open source virtualization.
b) It provides virtualization at the chip level.
c) It provides 64 bit storage relief.
d) It provides the ability to create a single, large virtual machine spanning many physical systems.

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9. True or False? It is best to consolidate virtual machines with homogenous workloads to the same physical server.

a) True
b) False

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10. True or False? Server virtualization increases the need for systems management tools

a) True
b) False

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This was first published in October 2006

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