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HP-UX System Administrator's Guide: Overview: HP-UX 11i Version 3 > Chapter 2 HP-UX Virtualization Technologies

Virtualization Technology Categories


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Virtualization technologies and their associated products fall into six basic categories based on the number of cores, servers, and operating system instances involved. The matrix in Figure 2-1 “Virtualization Technology Categories Matrix” shows these categories and how they align with processing cores, servers, and operating system instances.

Figure 2-1 Virtualization Technology Categories Matrix

Virtualization Technology Categories Matrix


  • One operating system, running on a single one processor/one core (1P/1C) server is a standalone system (or a one-node network).

  • Multiple operating systems running on one multiple core server utilizes partitioning technology.

  • One operating system spanning multiple[2] servers represents clustering technology

The following sections discuss each of the virtualization categories and describe which HP-UX technologies to use if you need to configure your system(s) to take advantage of each category.

[2] Technically, each server is running its own operating system, but they are all functioning as if they were a single instance, spanning multiple servers.

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