I picked up a copy of “Virtualization: A Manager’s Guide” as a part of the O’Reilly blogger review program. It was little questionable as while I’m technically a manager, I am also still very technical, so am on the border of the books audience.
At Ephox we make heavy use of virtualization in our development environments. We are running VMWare images for testing servers and clients, using these images to replicate client issues that are often can only be reproduced on specific platforms. I’ve also experimented with amazon ec2 and s3, running an internally built wiki on that architecture. With this in mind I had a decent understanding of virtualization before starting to read the book, but wanted to fill out my understanding and ensure that I had thought through the management level issues.
I picked up the book hoping for a well written book, instead finding a very light read that was a bit too formulaic. Each chapter followed a very set pattern and style, which basically conveyed some information, without gripping the reader. I’m not sure that it would hit the mark for someone that has no experience with virtualization, and it’s one of the few O’Reilly books I’d be reluctant to recommend? That said I’d still just rate it at 3 out of 5, as it’s contents are factual, and there might be some managers entering into virtualization that it might be useful for.
[This book was reviewed as a part of the O’Reilly Blogger Review Program]