We have recently started using the virtual machine technology to speed up our development of online maps, based on ArcIMS or Google Maps -- and various databases. These are developed in our department on a virtual or physical server, and then the image of the machine is loaded on the Agriculture Information Technology groups virtualized cluster. It is successful in that the hardware costs of setting up servers are eliminated, management is available 24/7, security is handled by professionals, and performance is quite good. I will display the steps in the process of virtualizing, which are not difficult.
virtual machines, VMWare
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