Virtualization At a Glance

By CIOReview | Monday, January 28, 2019

Virtualization is a concept forged with a combination of hardware and software engineering to create virtual machines, allowing creating a virtual version of networks, hardware, storage devices, and various others. It permits the optimal utilization of resources for higher productivity. Organizations from around the world are embracing the technology rapidly for better efficiency of their workflow and reduced cost investment. Server virtualization is ubiquitous in the industry; whereas there are other types as well that co-exist.

Types of Virtualization

Server Virtualization: The physical resources are split into computing and storage resources enabling one to run more than a single operating system at the same time on the same device. This increases the operational efficiency of the system and multiple different processes can run at the same time.

Application Virtualization: Companies can run apps on separate virtual networks instead of the physical network. It avoids CPU and RAM to be over-burdened and results in seamless working because of less network congestion.

Storage Virtualization: Data from various multiple hard drives is stored into a one virtual storage creating a central console for data sharing. It is cost-effective and hassle-free, simplifying the management process.

Desktop Virtualizations: A concept in which data is transferred from one computer to another by creating a server enabling various people to share data seamlessly. It is irrespective of distance at which the systems are located.

Virtualization and switching to it provide several benefits. Key benefits have been jotted down. 

•Server consolidation supports multiple virtual machines
•Virtual desktop conducts transition between OS and hardware expenditure
•Dynamic load balancing and disaster recovery
•Better system reliability and security
•Efficient IT operations

From organizations viewpoint several benefits of virtualization are-

•​  Protection against System Failure: Virtualizations allows companies to shift their applications to another system in case of crash down. Applications resume from the point of crash and backing data through cloud services is also convenient.

•​  Data Transfer: Organizations can easily search and transfer data from physical to virtual server in no time and vice-versa. Virtual storage makes data sharing faster and allows it for longer distances as well. In case of system crash, data is completely secure.

•​  Cost Effective Approach: Resource optimization makes virtualization a cost-effective approach. It saves time, money, and space required to deploy new hardware.