VMware ESXi 3.5 Overview

ESXi is a newer form of the technology that strips down the ESX Server even further, to the absolute bare minimum possible. It does not include or rely upon a service console and can perform its hypervisor duties with an installation that takes up a mere 32MB of disk space. In ESX Server, the service console runs on top of the hypervisor alongside the installed virtual machines. In ESXi, the hypervisor is all you install on your hardware. This allows for very fast hardware additions to existing pools. Want to add a new server to your rack? No problem. Hook it up, power it on, install ESXi, set your root password and networking details, take a minute or two to configure the virtual network, and you’re all set. This is an amazingly quick way to create or expand an existing ESX hardware cluster.

Even more exciting than the installable version of ESXi is the embedded version. It is now possible to buy hardware that is preconfigured with ESXi installed on it. This completely eliminates the installation step and speeds up the configuration process. Companies like Dell, which graciously allowed us to borrow some of its equipment as we were writing this book, are now selling servers that require only a little more than racking, cabling, and powering on to expand your VMware cluster.

The benefits of using ESXi over the standard ESX product are that it’s extremely lightweight and installs quickly, it can be purchased on some servers from Dell and other vendors as an embedded option, it has no service console, and it requires less patching and maintenance. ESXi is also available for free and includes the basic functions needed to start a virtual environment.

Source of Information : Oreilly - VMware Cookbook (11-2009)


Subscribe to Developer Techno ?
Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner