Marty Kacin

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The discipline of systems management is composed largely of managing the computing endpoint. The “endpoint” is traditionally a computer that takes the form of an application/process server or an end-user desktop/laptop. This definition doesn’t cover all endpoint types or devices but does represent a large enough population size for purposes of this discussion. Historically, such a physical endpoint is composed of hardware (CPU, memory, motherboard, disk, etc.), operating system and application layers to form a fully functional and operational endpoint. In today’s world, endpoints are taking on an additional form and include a new layer – a virtual one. Without trying to define all areas of “virtualization,” let’s focus specifically on “virtual endpoints,” also referred to as “virtual machines” or “virtual containers.” Virtual endpoints or machines are containers th... (more)