[mythtv-users] Mythbacked on ESXi 5.0
raymond at wagnerrp.com
Mon Oct 24 17:59:49 UTC 2011
On 10/24/2011 13:10, Richard Stanaford wrote:
> - A development environment
> - A VM hosting the corporate base install image from my employer
> (domain registration, certificates, etc.) for work.
> - An experimental network environment utilizing DynaMIPS/Dynagen/GNS3
These I can understand. They need a specific environment for
development or testing, which can only be provided by a full VM, or
> - VMs for each of my four children.
Why not just give them individual user accounts with no permission to
touch anything that could be damaged?
> I was under the impression that the whole impetus behind the
> development of virtualization was to consolidate the many, the
> disparate in to one footprint. "Reduce your management, reduce your
> expenses and footprint on the environment, let virtualization do it
> all for you!"
The reason for consolidation is to reduce your hardware footprint. You
can do consolidation with virtualization. You can do consolidation
without virtualization. You can do virtualization without
consolidation. They are two wholly independent concepts.
Virtualization took off for two reasons. When the big kick to start
consolidating servers happened, virtualization vendors had the only
products on the market to automate much of that. When you start
consolidating multiple servers together, virtualization provides an easy
solution to the security, stability, and external dependency concerns.
Home users aren't doing anything that need the security between
different appliances that virtualization offers. Home users don't need
the stability (one application fubaring another) that backups of
important files wouldn't be sufficient for. External dependency
conflicts are generally handled well enough by modern distros, and a
secondary install to a chroot would do exactly the same thing as a VM in
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