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What are the biggest drawbacks to virtualization?
  • Performance – virtualizing slows everything down. (743 votes)
  • Lack of redundancy – placing multiple virtual machines on a single piece of hardware is risky. (390 votes)
  • Complexity – virtualization has a lot of “moving parts,” so there’s more to go wrong than with a single nonvirtualized machine. (239 votes)
  • Cost – it’s not always the least expensive way to go. Watch out for hidden costs! (187 votes)
  • Drawbacks, schmawbacks! Virtualization just rocks. Enough said. (439 votes)

  • 1,998 total votes

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By michaelklachko on 8/20/2009 6:38:12 PM , Rating: 2
I think you have to specify if you are talking about:

1. Regular users running Linux on their Windows desktop with VMware Player, or running XP on Windows 7 with Windows Virtual PC,
2. Engineers running server virtualization in datacenters with ESX or Xen

Because answers from those two groups will differ.

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