Understanding Memory Management in VMware vSphere 5

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August 24, 2011

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VMware ESXi, a crucial component of VMware vSphere 5.0, 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 ESXi, the configuration options available, and provides results to show the performance impact of these options.