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The Single Best Way to Reduce IT Costs: What Is Virtualization

Virtualization is a software-based representation of a physical server, storage, network, desktop or application.  A virtual environment can be used to consolidate your IT infrastructure, allowing you to use your IT resources more efficiently.

Server Virtualization

In the past, servers could run only one operating system and one application. As businesses needed more applications to run their companies, more servers were added to the IT infrastructure and its associated costs.

By capturing the contents of that physical server (an operating system and an application) inside a software container, this virtual machine (VM) becomes completely separate and independent. Multiple VMs can then run simultaneously on a single physical server, eliminating the need for more servers.
These VMs are managed by the addition of software to the server, called a hypervisor.  The hypervisor separates the VMs from the server, and controls the VMs by adding and removing them easily as necessary, and allocating computing resources to each VM as needed.

Virtualization Illustration

Desktop Virtualization

Desktop virtualization can be deployed as a managed service, or by using on-premise IT infrastructure. It manages the original operating system and allows users to access it through their devices. A full virtual desktop deployment delivers applications as well as the operating system. A consistent user experience is then available, whether on a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Application Virtualization

Applications are deployed and run in a container separate from the operating system, giving the application portability and greater compatibility.

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