Hannah Drake

It's the hottest topic in data center news this year: virtualization. Take our quiz as a fun way of learning what you need to know to keep up to date on the relatively new technology.

The first question should be easy, but after that it'll get a little more challenging. At the end of the quiz, you can check your score and see the correct answers. No peeking! Good luck.



1. You probably know a little about ______________ if you have ever divided your hard drive into different partitions.
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2. ______________ virtualization is a method of combining the available resources in a network by splitting up the available bandwidth into channels, each of which is independent from the others, and each of which can be assigned (or reassigned) to a particular server or device in real time.
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3. _________ virtualization helps the storage administrator perform the tasks of backup, archiving, and recovery more easily, and in less time, by disguising the actual complexity of the SAN.
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4. In general, __________ virtualization software runs between the operating system and the hardware.
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5. Virtualization can be viewed as part of an overall trend in enterprise IT that includes ___________ ___________, a scenario in which the IT environment will be able to manage itself based on perceived activity.
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6. Virtualization can also be viewed as part of the overall trend towards _______ __________, in which computer processing power is seen as a utility that clients can pay for only as needed.
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7. Have you been reading your data center news? Who brought its commitment to virtualization technology into sharper focus recently with the release of a product roadmap that included virtualization technology built into its enterprise version of Linux?
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8. Before you make a decision about virtualization, it is imperative to learn about your shop's existing ________________. This includes the numbers and types of servers, operating systems, CPU and memory utilization, application names and versions.
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9. As more and more data center managers begin to realize the benefits of virtualization and how it can change their whole operations, the more they will understand they need different ___________ tools.
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10. Another data center news question! "By all reports -- from tea leaves to star charts -- server virtualization on ____ architecture will become one of the most disruptive technologies to storm the data center this year."
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This was first published in March 2006

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