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VIDEO: How Do You Explain Virtualization to Your Mom? – From VMworld 2013

on September 4, 2013

At VMworld you’ll find the smartest people in virtualization, but you wouldn’t know it after you ask them the question, “How do you explain virtualization to your mom?” I had a lot of fun with this shoot as you’ll see with the video.

Watch these “experts” attempt to deliver a correct “mom digestible” answer.

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Brent Cappello September 5, 2013 at 10:01 am

My favorite response was, “It’s like a computer in the other computers imagination.” Haha, good one!

David Spark September 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

Yeah, that’s probably my favorite as well.

Carrie Reber September 6, 2013 at 7:13 am

Thank you, thank you! It was fun. Clever question to ask.

David Spark September 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

Thanks Carrie. I knew I was going to get good stuff when I asked it.

savtachana September 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

I am delighted to see this! I feel inadequate when I cannot explain virtualization to non-techies. Now I realize that I am just like all the rest of you! I like the one oven turning into five for thanksgiving example!

David Spark September 17, 2013 at 9:30 am

That may be the closest to a clear answer that I got.

Mario J. September 17, 2013 at 10:31 am


Robert Strong September 19, 2013 at 12:40 am

Her name is Carrie Reber, she has hired me a few times over the years. She is GREAT!

Aylin S. September 19, 2013 at 4:56 am

So, Mom this is how it works:

There was a time when each citizen(the OS) of the city(the Datacenter) was roaming around and doing his business in his own car (the physical server). Most of the cars were some big SUVs with big engines, consuming too much and offering too much space and power than what one person would need. One day, some smart guys (IBM) decided it will be much more efficient to put all those citizens in a bus(host physical server) driven by an experienced driver(the hypervisor); there they can share the power of the big engine, the storage space and they can talk to each other faster.

I know it’s not a perfect explanation, but I hope it makes sense to a non-technical person.

SPM September 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I’d tell her that that Virtualization
is like, well, her! Although she’s just one physical entity (hypervisor), she
can be a mother, sister, cook, wife (different apps and OS’s), pretty much at the same time.
I bet she’s gonna bake some cookies for you after that!

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