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Improving Software Development Through Virtualization

This piece at www.cio.com covers the benefits of virtualization to developers fairly well, which doesn’t always get discussed in the focus on server virtualization.

The one thing I don’t think they covered is an infrequent but substantial: migrating to a new development computer is a lot easier. In the past when I upgraded my main development computer, it took days to get all the software installed and then all the configuration for each project set-up properly. That’s a lot of time of lost productivity. When I moved from my previous computer to my Mac Pro, it took me just a few hours. We installed the operating system and a few key pieces of software like VMware Workstation. Then I just copied my virtual machines to my new hard drive, and I was good to go.

Posted by Avonelle on Thursday, February 12, 2009.

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