What is Virtualization?
Using special software called a hypervisor, it is possible to separate a computer’s operating system from the hardware on which is runs. The resulting virtual machines (or VMs) are more efficient and flexible than physical machines. Two examples are:
Server Virtualization, which allows one physical server (or host) to run multiple VMs at the same time, increasing the physical server hardware’s utilization and decreasing the number of physical servers needed to run the ever-increasing number of applications.
Desktop Virtualization. It used to be that all the applications and data accessed on your personal computer were stored on your PC. Now, with desktop virtualization, each user’s preferences, operating system, applications and files can be stored and securely accessed from within the datacenter or somewhere other than their local machine. This enables users access their “desktop” or from any devices, anywhere there’s a network connection.
Benefits of Virtualization:
- Reduce IT costs through server consolidation
- Create an affordable disaster recovery solution
- Leverage cloud software to build a flexible virtual infrastructure
- Support user access to data and applications on any device