What is Virtualisation in Technology?

Virtualisation is a broad term used to describe the abstraction of computer resources.  The goal of virtualisation is to centralise administrative tasks while improving scalability and workloads.

How Can Virtualisation Benefit Your Business?

Virtualisation offers users the ability to pool their hardware resources playing a significant role in making IT more flexible and cost effective with significant cost savings. Such as reduced operating and capital costs, improved utilisation of computing resources and greater IT staff productivity.

Virtualisation software has allowed many users to reduce their hardware assets, or use them more efficiently, by running multiple “virtual machines” side by side on the same hardware, emulating different components of their IT systems.

Operating system virtualisation is the use of software to allow a piece of hardware to run multiple operating system images, concurrently. The technology started on mainframes decades ago, allowing administrators to avoid wasting expensive processing power in which computer processing power is seen as a utility that clients can pay for only as needed.

Virtualisation has evolved beyond mainframes and servers, and has found its way into applications, networks and storage, among others. The three areas of IT where virtualisation is making headway is

  • Network Virtualisation
  • Storage Virtualisation
  • Server Virtualisation

For the majority of companies, the main benefit of server virtualisation allows multiple operating systems to be installed on a single server, is in reducing the amount of hardware that is required to run all the software needed by the business.

Consolidating servers using a virtualisation process not only provides savings in terms of how many physical machines must be bought and maintained, but also potentially reduces the amount of physical space that a company needs for its servers or data centre. Another common use of virtualisation is the ability to test and develop applications in a secure environment without affecting the main IT systems.

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