Employing Virtualization in Library Computing: Use Cases and Lessons Learned

Arwen Hutt, Michael Stuart, Daniel Suchy, Bradley D. Westbrook


This paper provides a broad overview of virtualization technology and describes several examples of its use at the University of California, San Diego Libraries. Libraries can leverage virtualization to address many long-standing library computing challenges, but careful planning is needed to determine if this technology is the right solution for a specific need. This paper outlines both technical and usability considerations, and concludes with a discussion of potential enterprise impacts on the library infrastructure.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v28i3.3219


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