Virtualization: 
What is it?

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What is Virtualization?

Virtualization is a process that allows for more efficient utilization of physical computer hardware and is the foundation of cloud computing. Virtualization lets you run multiple virtual machines on a single physical machine, with each virtual machine sharing the resources of that one physical computer across multiple environments. The result is better efficiency, less equipment to manage, and lower cost.

 

How Does Virtualization Work?

The VMware virtualization platform is on business-ready architecture. Virtualization uses VMWare vSphere to transform or “virtualize” the hardware resources of an x86-based computer. The computer’s CPU, RAM, hard disk, and network controller—create a fully functional virtual machine that can run its operating system and applications just like a “real” computer. Each virtual machine contains a complete system, eliminating potential conflicts. VMware virtualization works by inserting a thin layer of software directly on the computer hardware or a host operating system. This thin layer contains a virtual machine monitor or “hypervisor” that allocates hardware resources dynamically and transparently. Multiple operating systems run concurrently on a single physical computer and share hardware resources.

 

Why should you Virtualize Your Systems?

Virtualization allows clients to improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications through virtualization. Start by eliminating the old “one server, one application” model and run multiple virtual machines on each physical machine. Free your IT administrators from spending so much time managing servers rather than innovating. About 70% of a typical IT budget in a non-virtualized data center maintains the existing infrastructure, with little left for innovation.

Virtualization:

Top 5 Reasons to Adopt Virtualization Software

 

•  Get more out of your existing resources: Pool common infrastructure
    resources and break the legacy “one application to one server” model
    with server consolidation.

•  Reduce datacenter costs by reducing your physical infrastructure
    and improving your server to admin ratio:
    Fewer servers and related IT hardware mean reduced real estate
    and reduced power and cooling requirements.
    Better management tools let you improve your server to admin ratio,
    diminishing personnel requirements.

•  Increase availability of hardware and applications for improved
    business continuity: Securely backup and migrate entire virtual
    environments with no interruption in service. Eliminate planned
    downtime and recover immediately from unexpected issues. 

•  Gain operational flexibility: Respond to market changes with dynamic
    resource management, faster server provisioning, and improved desktop
    and application deployment.

•  Improve desktop manageability and security: Deploy, manage and
    monitor secure desktop environments that users can access locally
    or remotely, with or without a network connection, on almost any
    standard desktop, laptop, or tablet PC.