Virtualization is a software that creates virtual (instead of physical) versions of things like: applications, desktops, servers, operating systems, hardware, storage and more. It is the fundamental technology powering Cloud Computing and is changing the way organizations do business.
Today, most companies are using some form of Virtualization, because it can increases ROI and reduce downtime by making better use of existing hardware. Even small businesses can use Virtualization to reduce operational costs, increase application availability and decrease support resources.
Although most companies use some form of Virtualization, many are not satisfied with their deployments. Part of the reason is that technology keeps changing. There are simply more options that can help companies scale, grow and cut costs.
Types of Virtualization
Application Virtualization - Services and cloud-based applications improve how software security updates are pushed, and how software is rolled out.
Operating System - This will reduce the amount of physical hardware, which saves money on hardware but also on energy, cabling, rack space, and IT time.
Storage Virtualization - Pool storage subsystems into one manageable entity.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure – VDI enables desktops apps to be run off a server, which are accessed by the end-user over the network. Fewer service tickets and easier app updates.
Network Virtualization - Combines all physical networks into a single resource that increases network speed and efficiency.
Server Virtualization - Significant cost savings when eliminating physical servers.