- Crowded Data Centers and Service-Rich Software
- Virtualization: The "New" Kid on the Block
- Step 1: Download a Virtual Image of Your Required Operating System
- Step 2: Download and Install VMware Player
- Step 3: Run the Operating System Image
- Step 4: Shut Down the Operating System Image
- Step 5: Configure the Virtual Image for Networking
When VMware decided to open source its VMware Player and VMware Server products, it paved the way for everybody to embrace virtualization technology. This is technology for the people—not just for data center professionals.
It’s relatively easy to embed an image of Linux into VMware Player. Then this image of Linux can be used to serve network users in the same way as a traditional Linux installation. The difference is that the virtualized image runs inside Windows. VMware has other products that avoid the need for a host operating system altogether.
VMware also has toolkits for programmers and system administrators alike. These toolkits take the form of programmatic APIs, Perl libraries, etc. This allows for software interaction with VMware images; that is, a more flexible means of using virtual machines and operating system images.
It’s easy to use virtualization technology, so why not give it a go?