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Nten Webinar Desktop Virtualization

  1. 1. Personal Virtualization <ul><li>Evolutionary/Revolutionary Advances in Computing </li></ul>
  2. 2. What is Virtualization? <ul><li>Virtualization is technology that abstracts software from hardware, allowing operating systems to run without hardware-specific drivers and instructions. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How It Works <ul><li>Virtualization is done by a Hypervisor - a streamlined communication layer that sits between the hardware and the operating system, providing connectivity to devices and virtualization management features. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Virtualize? <ul><li>A virtualized computer is one file, which can be easily backed up, copied and moved. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Virtualize? <ul><li>Backups can be quickly restored to different hardware when a system fails. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why Virtualize? <ul><li>Multiple virtual computers, running a variety of operating systems and applications, can run on one system. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why Virtualize? <ul><li>To conserve energy by reducing and maximizing power consumption. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why Virtualize? <ul><li>To save money by eliminating the expense of maintaining multiple PCs. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why Virtualize? <ul><li>To provide instant testing environments. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why Virtualize? <ul><li>So you can run that handful of Windows apps that you need while primarily using a Mac or Linux OS. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why Virtualize? <ul><li>So you can test the web site you’re developing in all browsers on all platforms. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Why Virtualize? <ul><li>To take advantage of pre-configured application servers that are available as plug and play, virtualized downloads. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Cloud Computing <ul><li>Cloud services (like Amazon’s EC2/AWS) can host Virtual Machines (VMs), allowing you to work from home or your office on the same virtual PC. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Limitations <ul><li>Currently, Macs can’t be (easily) virtualized on other platforms. For Mac/Windows/Linux on one box, the box has to be a Mac. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Limitations <ul><li>This is all still pretty new. Some applications don’t perform well in virtualized environments. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Limitations <ul><li>Smaller vendors might resist supporting virtualized applications; large vendors, for the most part, won’t. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Products <ul><li>VMWare View (Windows),VMWare Fusion (Mac) </li></ul><ul><li>Parallels (Mac) </li></ul><ul><li>Xen or KVM (Linux, open source) </li></ul><ul><li>VirtualBox (All, open source) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Resources <ul><li>Techsoup’s Greentech Program </li></ul><ul><li>Techcafeteria Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Vendor pages </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious: peterscampbell/virtualization+nten </li></ul>

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