Virtualization allows businesses to use IT resources more efficiently. This not only enhances employee productivity, it also provides cost savings, therefore improving profitability in two way.
A Definition of Virtualization
In most cases, managed programs providers who recommend virtualization are speaking of setting up a server computer to emulate several virtual servers. A server virtualization approach allows a single machine to act as though it consisted of more than one server, each one isolated and independent from the others in terms of its computing functions.
From the point of view of the end user, the various virtual servers appear to be separate resources rather than a single machine.
Advantages of Virtualization
Many businesses enterprises have experienced a server crash. When the network is dependent on a single, unvirtualized server to manage operations, such a crash can be catastrophic in terms of workflow and even data integrity.
A virtual server may also experience a crash, but the effects of that crash will be limited to just the single virtual server experiencing conflicts. Other virtual servers, even though they are running on the same physical machine, will continue to operate normally.
Such IT solutions offer profound advantages to businesses. It is a case of not putting "all the eggs in one basket." Just as individuals often prefer to partition their drives so that a crash will affect only one part of a physical drive, businesses are well-advised to use virtualization to help protect essential company resources.
Running two or more virtual servers is also usually less expensive than purchasing additional physical servers.