Can you really learn everything you need to know about virtualization from one e-book?

You can if it’s “The Definitive Guide to Virtualization Management Software,” prepared for Dell by David M. Davis, winner of the VMware vExpert award six years in a row.

I’ve been trying for years to buckle down and write a book like this – one that would help you describe a vision for virtualization in the data center, show you what to look for in a product and vendor, outline the most important features, evaluate candidate solutions, and more – but David beat me to it. Gotta admire a guy who eats, sleeps and breathes virtualization management and still has time to write about it.

Based on years of working and training on virtualization, David has packed just about everything you’d want to know into this e-book, in a four-part structure that makes it a handy reference:

Part 1: The virtualization management vision (page 3)

Flawed management tools are preventing the vision of 100 percent virtualization from becoming a reality in most companies. What will it take to virtualize 100 percent of your servers?

The more servers you virtualize, the greater management and cost efficiencies you’ll achieve. And because virtualization is about maximizing your data center investment, it requires a smart performance management solution to ensure that you stay within the capacity of your hardware and your VM containers.

Part 2: How to select a virtualization management solution — and a good vendor (page 14)

Strong virtualization management products and strong vendors don’t always go hand in hand. Do you know what to look for? How can you find out?

If you want to realize your virtualization management vision, you’ll need high-quality products and great vendors that are a good fit with your organization. Learn what to look for in a vendor, along with tips for comparing the products offered.

Part 3: The most critical features in virtualization management (page 32)

You’ve probably already thought about features like visualization, alerts, performance monitoring and problem detection. What else should you be thinking about?

Take a look at 15 more must-haves that experienced virtualization admins keep in mind. For example, a good virtualization management tool should help you visualize what’s happening in your virtual infrastructure with easy-to-read charts and graphs.

Part 4: Product analysis, POC and deployment (page 48)

Now that you know what to look for in a virtualization management product and vendor, it’s time to go into the marketplace and make a purchase. What should you expect?

Once you know which features to look for, you’ll be ready for product analysis, in-house evaluation and deployment. Look through the best practices for successful product selection and acquisition.


Read the e-book to discover how to understand, analyze, select and buy the best virtualization management features and software for your environment.

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