Virtualization | Understanding Virtualization

Virtualization is considered to be one of the most beneficial advancements in computing. The possibilities that come with virtualization seem almost infinite. In its most basic sense, virtualization means to create a virtual version of something, such as an operating system or hard drive.

One of the more popular uses of virtualization in business is server virtualization. A special software layer referred to as a hypervisor allows a single physical server to be divided into multiple virtual servers by emulating the hardware resources. Virtual servers never have the same level of performance due to resources being divided among multiple virtual servers, but the full resources of a physical server are typically never used all at once.

Uses for Virtualization

While server virtualization is the most common use, other uses include:
  • Network – Splitting bandwidth among different sources, often used with cloud computing and web hosting
  • Storage – Creates a single large hard drive by pooling together multiple physical drives into one virtual drive
  • Desktop – Virtualizes the desktop environment and users access a remote virtual desktop through a client
  • Data – Provides better resiliency and broader access to data
  • Application – Allows applications to run completely independent of the operating system, offering better compatibility

Scalable Computing

The main purpose of virtualization is to make computing more scalable. In the past, physical resources couldn’t be easily divided. Every component required its own physical hardware to run. With virtualization, businesses can quickly scale through virtualization without the need to buy new hardware. For instance, if a new server is needed to manage email, a virtual server could be created on an existing server and the resources would be shared.

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