One of the most important developments in recent years has been the development of virtualization technology. So what exactly is virtualization and what are its benefits to you.
Virtualization allows multiple instances of the software (Your operating system, for example) in a self-contained “Virtual”environment using the hardware resources of one computer (a server). A good example would be a your server running Microsoft Server 2012 to manage your network and file, a VM of Windows 2008 running an old accountancy package, and a VM of Windows Exchange running your email; all self contained on the machine and sharing the resources of that hardware with the other Virtual Machines.
Virtualization software allows you to run multiple instances of software on the one piece of equipment. Now, one box does the job of many reducing cost and overheads and reducing the likelihood of downtime. Virtualization software is not only limited to server software, but it can also be used on desktop systems (free to use for individuals), VOIP systems, storage devices and networks.
- So now your business can reduce energy consumption and costly downtime due to maintenance
- Add new business applications and databases without the need for new hardware
- Easily backup your virtualized servers
- Create a contingency whereby a simple hot-swap of the backed up virtualized server can be deployed faster and reduce downtime dramatically
- Allow quicker installations by cutting down on ordering time and configuring your Virtual setup using an interactive GUI
- Manage the security of Virtual network from one centralised location