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VMware Professionals Root for ESXi Using USB Flash Drives

ESX is a well known product offered by VMware. However, VMware has always believed in developing its technology to benefit its users. The new advancement in ESX is ESXi, a device known to make virtualization an easy process. This Hypervisor allows servers to be virtualized in a few seconds. With ESXi in your technological arsenal, you can run various applications using one server, back up & recover apps and save on power costs too. Leading IT professionals are toying with a new method of deploying this Hypervisor to a server. They are planning to install slimmed down Hypervisors on USB flash drives or secure digital cards like SD cards. These are the reasons that have prompted IT professionals to take such a rebellious decision-

Future Ready

Most VMware shops still install the complete version of VMware ESXi with Linux service consoles on internal hard drives. Keeping the future in mind, some of the VMware engineers are now opting for ESXi. These have been taking such steps due to the rumors that state that the service console will be pulled out in the next major release. Altogether, with ESXi, it is only a matter of minutes before your system is up and running.

Easy To Install

ESXi is normally installed on the local hard disk in most machines. However, as an alternative, it is installed on flash drives as well. ESXi can be easily installed on a 1GB flash drive and it is also supported by VMware and other major vendors. Installing ESXi on a flash drive has a number of distinct advantages. It allows you to deploy disk-less blade servers like HP's BL490c and BL495c which are also known as virtualization blades. In such a case, ESXi can also be installed on a USB pen drive or an internal secure drive.

Remote Systems Deployment

This feature eliminates the need for a trained professional to go to a site and set up a new server. You can put ESXi on a USB flash drive and send it by e-mail. The user can then connect the USB flash drive to a machine and install VMware.