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Exploring Network Virtualization with Oracle Solaris Zones on Oracle Solaris 11 Express

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In this paper the authors will cover using the facilities within Oracle Solaris 11 for both network virtualization and network resource management. For network virtualization they mean the ability to virtualize physical network components, in other words, to duplicate a physical network topology within a single system where the basic building blocks are virtual constructs, not physical devices. The authors start with the fundamental building blocks within Oracle Solaris 11 for building virtual networks: VNICs-Virtual Network Interface Controllers (VNICs), the fundamental building block of network virtualization. VNICs are created and assigned IP addresses as communication end points.

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