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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (30 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470148314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470148310
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2 x 23.4 cm
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About the Author

Bernard Golden has been called a renowned open source expert (IT Business Edge) and an open source guru (SearchCRM.com) and is regularly featured in magazines like Computerworld, InformationWeek, and Inc. His blog The Open Source is one of the most popular features of CIO Magazine s Web site. Bernard is a frequent speaker at industry conferences like LinuxWorld, the Open Source Business Conference, and the Red Hat Summit. He is the author of Succeeding with Open Source, (Addison–Wesley, 2005, published in four languages), which is used in over a dozen university open source programs throughout the world. Bernard is the CEO of Navica, a Silicon Valley IT management consulting firm.

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Good for the complete novice. The book provides a good introduction to virtualization but fails to highlight users of the risks associated with introducing this technology.
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In spite of the title, I don't feel this book is suitable for Mr Average with limited knowledge of computer hardware and software. It may be great for IT professionals or very clued-up computer whizz-kids.

By the way, IT people introducing virtualised servers to help reduce the cost of software licensing need to be aware of a nightmare scenario. This is when software is used in this way, works perfectly to start with and users depend upon it and save their information with it. Then the software stops working and the software vendor can't or won't support it. The users will not be happy.
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There doesn't seem to be much in the way of alternatives right now bookwise so "it'll have to do"...

It's a bit dry to read but I guess virtualisation is never going to set the heather on fire interestingwise.
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The book is ok but lacking in detail.

I should hav looked for a book that was a little more specific
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great use case for a "For Dummies" treatment 12 Jun. 2012
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This review comes not from the perspective of a daily-in-the-trenches IT professional, but from a person who helps IT folks communicate with end users and vice versa.

As much as I think Virtualization for Dummies will help implementers who touch actual metal, I believe it to be an even greater resource to those of us who don't. Or as one reviewer so artfully termed our type, "paratechnologists": technical writers, corporate communicators, perhaps even procurement people, who can't afford to fake comprehension. In other words, anyone who needs a really solid understanding of mission critical technologies without actually using them.

To this end, Bernard Golden helps us non-IT folks talk the talk, and just as importantly, be able to explain it effectively to others.

Despite Virtualization for Dummies' publication several years ago, it still holds up well under the relentless onslaught of Moore's Law and IT innovation in general. If there was one area I might say it may finally be showing its age, it would be in the treatment of storage options. DAS, SANs, and many esoteric options (esoteric to me, anyway, Mr. Para-tech) are covered, but the book doesn't really address the explosion of third-party, cloud-based storage, which only in recent years has become robust, secure, and reliable enough for businesses. It's a small omission, and not one for which the author could be faulted, given the publication date.

Golden, an MBA, did a laudable job of explaining how to present virtualization to the C-suite using spreadsheets and calculating net present value. This was the subject of a white paper I wrote a few years back and I could have saved a ton of time and research by simply reading that chapter. That section might be summarized as, "learn to talk the language of finance." If you have an aging data center and need a template for making the case to virtualize those energy-hog servers, the book pays for itself on that basis alone. Skip bringing in the pricey consultant, read Chapter 6, and open up Excel!

Speaking of pricey consultants, I also applaud Golden for his tongue-in-cheek jabs at "guru" consultants -- who parade around like emperors in new clothes -- as well as some vendors with their say-anything-to-sell-it promises. It's easy to get sold a bill of goods in this business, and it's the stuff of which IT jobs and careers are ruined. The author duly points out the landmines. And, very importantly, he gives a balanced and nuanced view of instances where virtualization is NOT appropriate. Best to go in with your eyes open about the technology's limitations (for instance, it can be a deadly resource vampire with your high-performance applications).

In conclusion, if you have anything to do with virtualized systems in your enterprise, this book belongs on your bookshelf. Don't be embarrassed that people might see the black and yellow cover and think less of you for it -- just get the book and read it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Good First Book on Virtualization 12 Aug. 2013
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If you are new to virtualization, then this book does the trick. The author goes over the concept of single servers to pooled and virtual servers, storage, DAS, network attached and SANS. The concept of HA (high availability) is covered as well as single point of failure (SPOF) and how virtualized systems that are properly configured can have a systems management and hypervisor in place to detect failure and switch over to a new server instance, wtih the user only losing the current session or state they were in. I feel as if I have been techies and wish I could write my notes up on this book. BTW, he should update it with a new version for 2013 (HINT)!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much repitition 9 Dec. 2012
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It is a good book for introductory information. I found it somewhat tedious because I was looking for technical detail (not too much, but some substance) and what I found was a ton of repitition. Not just the "usual" amount but to the point of being irritating enough for me to write a review which I have never done. It is, however, excellent at giving a non techy "manager type" the necessary buzzwords to converse. I'm both a manager and a techy so I was looking for a bit more. Good book for a quicky readers digest summary though. (Yes, I realize that "dummies" is in the book title but I have read other "dummy" books that had a tad more "meat".)
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1.0 out of 5 stars written in 2007... so out of date ... 9 Mar. 2015
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written in 2007 ... so out of date that it wasn't worth reading the intro. Should not be sold
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful! 16 April 2017
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Got here quickly and I've learned a lot from it!
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