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- Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources.
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- the decoupling of a resource or request for a service from the underlying physical delivery of that service such that the consumer needs no knowledge of the characteristics of the delivery system.
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- A software technology allowing an operating system to run unmodified on an isolated virtual environment, called virtual machine, where a platform's physical characteristics and behaviours are reproduced.
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