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e-Book review - Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions from the Desktop to the Datacentre

Dr Andy Hopkirk
17 November 2010

Sometimes it’s hard to see the wood from the trees, so any contribution that helps NCC members do so is generally to be welcomed. And so it is with the Microsoft Press, 2nd edition of Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions from the Desktop to the Datacentre i

It’s long and thorough, with 447 pages of main content. I recommend not skipping ahead and first reading and digesting the 20 page introductory chapter: Why Virtualization? It gives a good overview of Microsoft’s vision of “a comprehensive and integrated set of virtualization platforms and products that range from the datacenter to the desktop” and helps one see that vision in the context of the even higher level Dynamic IT vision and its strategic Infrastructure Optimisation Model.

Considerable detail is to be found in sections covering: Server Virtualization - 87 pages; Local Desktop Virtualization - 113 pages; Remote Desktop Virtualization - 89 pages; Virtualization Management - 127 pages. The main text finishes with 16 pages on Cloud Computing. There are 16 pages of Index entries.

This edition updates and expands upon the 2009 one, most notably adding the relatively short section linking virtualisation and cloud computing. The latter section seems to date from a time of writing in February 2010 ii, so it doesn’t cover the many developments in Microsoft’s cloud-related products and services through the rest of 2010 to date (November 2010).

Nevertheless, this is a great collection of very usefully brought together information. We can only look forward now to the 3rd edition which, I’m sure, will deal much more extensively with cloud-related matters. As the 2nd edition authors say, “Virtualization is just the beginning of something much bigger.”


i Microsoft Press, authors M Tulloch and the Microsoft Virtualization Teams – free download at
http://bit.ly/cYdPau - US Library of Congress Control Number: 2010920178

ii Table 6-1 on page 436 describes how Microsoft products and platforms mapped onto SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS for private and public clouds as of February 2010.

 

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