A Brief History of Virtualisation, now on Kindle
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If you've ever wondered what time-sharing, multics and Unix have to do with today's hypervisor technologies, or why you should consider the global environment when planning your virtual machine strategy, then you'll want to read The Register's A Brief History of Virtualisation, on Kindle.
El Reg's Liam Proven takes us from IBM's early experiments, through the rings of Intel and right up to today's battles between Microsoft, VMWare et al.
Whether you want to convince your board that virtualisation will save your data centre, or explain to colleagues why it's nothing new at all and you've been doing that sort of thing for years actually, A Brief History of Virtualisation is the place to start.
You can get it here, from Amazon. ®
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I trust that answers your question.
I picked this up and read through it over xmas - it's a nice background overall but I have a quibble with the content.
It implies that VMware's x86 offering only uses their original Binary Translation method, and doesn't leverage the improvements in Intel/AMD processor technology thus making the other x86 offerings superior for doing so - this hasn't been true since ESX3.5 circa 2008, and hardware assisted virtualisation is now often the default.