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Introduction

Introduction

I remember in 2004 (or was it 2003?) when I first started describing the use of server virtualization to a colleague of mine. VMware was pretty much the only vendor in the server virtualization space at the time, and I was describing to him how you could use virtualization to run multiple instances of an operating system on the same physical hardware. I was so excited. He merely asked, “Why in the world would you want to do that?”

The times have changed quite a bit since that time, and now virtualization—especially server virtualization—is readily embraced in corporate datacenters worldwide. VMware has gone from a relatively small vendor to one of the corporate heavyweights, garnering a commanding share of the server virtualization market with their top-notch virtualization products. Even now, when other companies such as Microsoft and Citrix have jumped into the server virtualization space, it's still VMware that's almost synonymous with virtualization. For all intents and purposes, VMware invented the market.


  

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