Virtualization of a business’s IT resources requires attention to detail. Through careful design, complete implementation, and knowledgeable management, your company can save energy and IT resources. Green Up IT will assist you with a smooth transition into the world of Virtualization.
What is virtualization and why use it:
Virtualization is software (and sometimes part hardware in newer computers) takes some of the resources in the computer, and dedicates it for a specific purpose. This “splitting” of resources allows for a “virtual” computer system. From the “host” system, the system running the virtualization software, the resources are shared. But from inside this “client” system, the client system only “sees” the resources dedicated to it.
As an example, if your computer has 512 Megabytes of computer memory, you can create a virtual system with 256 Megabytes of memory. Your computer sees all 512 Megabytes of memory, with a software programming dedicated to 256 Megabytes. However, the virtual “computer” sees it's own processor and 256 Megabytes of memory. And inside this virtual system, you can run a completely different operating system and it's applications.
The computers today are so powerful and so under-utilitzed (in comparison to their capabilities) that you can “share” the hardware on a physical box with special software to mimic multiple computer systems).
Some common advantages offered by virtualization include:
- Improvement of overall resource utilization while providing room for improved performance for preferred applications.
- More efficient use of existing servers which may reduce data center space requirements and, by extension, the power and cooling costs for those data centers.
- Ability to perform Hardware and Software maintenance on secondary systems, thereby minimizing (or completely avoiding) downtime on production systems.
- Ability to easily create backups of existing systems can help support business continuity and aid in disaster recovery.
The current business world is much more cut-throat than ever before, and with the troubled economic system contributing to the issue, many companies are looking for better ways to lessen costs while still bettering productiveness. This might appear to be two incompatible ideas, yet some organizations are discovering that virtualization is among the most effective ways to perform both.
Virtualization will involve deploying software and operating systems from a central machine to several virtual machines throughout the firm. The immediate advantages of an infrastructure like this consist of reduced hardware and maintenance costs along with the power to lower downtime and speed development cycles.
Businesses are generally looking at virtualization as a way to improve their business functions and lower expenses. Any time all of the applications, programs, and other systems are launched from a main server, or cloud server, it is easy to be sure everyone has what they want and they do not have to use too much time away from their day to install or update new applications.
Virtualization is about more than just deploying fresh software applications. It is actually, in fact, an ideal way to operate numerous applications and operating systems independently on a single host. That means that each employee can have access to the resources needed in an environment they can understand and are accustomed to employing.