If they haven’t already, server virtualization and cloud computing are about to become really big deals. Proper use of virtual servers can help an organization reduce costs, optimize hardware utilization, and add flexibility to its IT infrastructure. So when someone comes to you and says they want to virtualize SharePoint, the answer is always “Yes”, right? Not necessarily. SharePoint has always proven itself to be a unique platform in so many ways, and it’s no different with server virtualization. This presentation will address the advantages and disadvantages of virtualizing the components of the SharePoint platform, including both present and future releases, and cover the common traps you will encounter if applying general virtualization approaches to SharePoint. It will address not only why some types of servers in your farm should or should not be virtualized, but also the impact of those virtualization actions will have on how your manage your servers and your farm. It will conclude by the different types of virtualization and cloud computing available today and how they can be used to host SharePoint effectively, and analyzing some real-world examples of virtualized SharePoint environments.
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