Virtualization

Maximizing Virtual Machine Performance

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Executive Summary

VM performance is ultimately determined by the underlying physical hardware and the hypervisor that serves as the foundation for the virtual infrastructure. The construction of this foundation has become simpler over the years, but there are still several areas that should be fine-tuned in order to maximize the VM performance in the environment. While some of the content of this writing will be generic toward any hypervisor, this paper focuses on VMware ESX 4.1. This is an introduction to performance tuning and not intended to cover everything in detail. Most topics have links to sites that contains deep-dive information if one wishes to learn more.

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