Understanding Memory Resource Management in VMware ESX 4.1

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December 06, 2010

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VMware ESX is a hypervisor designed to efficiently manage hardware resources including CPU, memory, storage, and network among multiple, concurrent virtual machines. This paper describes the basic memory management concepts in ESX, the configuration options available, and provides results to show the performance impact of these options. The focus of this paper is in presenting the fundamental concepts of these options.