I recently met Bernard Golden, CEO of Navica and author of Virtualization for Dummies, at the HP Open Source Financial Market event where he was the moderator of the virtualization session that I represented Xen.org on. We spoke about his recently released book and I offered to promote it on this blog; after reading it of course.
So, for those of you just starting in the virtualization space and looking for an excellent introduction into the terminology, design, and implementation of virtualization I highly recommend this book. Besides my bias of having one of my managers, Simon Crosby writing the Forward, I was impressed on how Bernard went beyond the basic technical concepts to include sections on making a business case for virtualization, cost-benefit analysis, managing a virtualization project, migrating to a virtualized environment, and setting up a data storage system to support the environment.
This book is not your typical “… for Dummies” book as it really is a primer for putting together a complete plan for designing, implementing, and running a sophisticated virtualized environment.