Virtualization has been making strong inroads in network virtualization, storage virtualization and server virtualization. IT shops want to reap the cost benefits of utility computing. Network virtualization is a method of combining the available resources in a network by splitting up the available bandwidth into channels, each of which is independent from the others, and each of which can be assigned (or reassigned) to a particular server or device in real time.
Chapter 5 -- "Virtual Networking" -- of Virtualization with VMWare ESX Server offers readers tips and answers to frequently asked questions on virtual switches, physical and virtual NICs and advanced network configuration.
Excerpted from Virtualization with VMWare ESX Server, First edition by Al Muller, Seburn Wilson, Don Happe, Gary J. Humphrey (ISBN: 1597490199). Copyright © 2006 Syngress, Inc. All rights reserved.