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Virtualizing Microsoft® Business Critical Applications on VMware vSphere® by Alex Fontana, Matt Liebowitz

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Chapter 3. Overview of VMware vSphere

Many organizations leave their most critical applications untouched during the initial journey into virtualization. When the time comes to evaluate whether moving those applications to a virtualized platform makes sense for the organization, application owners must be aware of how this will affect them and their applications. Top on the list of key concerns is supportability of the application on a virtualized platform. Does the software vendor support virtualization of their application, and if so, are there any limitations or considerations? In terms of cost, how is licensing affected by virtualization? If more, smaller virtual machines are required, does this incur a higher licensing cost? How resilient ...

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