Basics of Virtualization

Basics of Virtualization

When it comes to IT virtualization can mean many different things depending on its applications. These differences aren’t necessarily confusing, but it may be important to note the benefits that different types of virtualization can mean for your company. Virtualization in its many forms is simply the creation of something that doesn’t actually exist physically. Many different aspects of an IT network can be virtualized including hardware such as; servers, desktops, and storage devices; software such as; operating systems, and network resources.

Desktop Virtualization
One of the most common forms of virtualization, and one that you may already be familiar with is desktop virtualization. A normal desktop is tied to a specific computer. To have access to that desktop you must be sitting at the machine, logged into the operating system. A virtual desktop is not tied to a single machine. Generally this virtual desktop exists on a server, and can be accessed by any computer with proper access.

Access from anywhere is one of the main benefits of a virtualized desktop, but there are other advantages to virtualization. A virtual desktop is a much easier environment for an IT department to have control over. It is much easier for IT to keep a virtual desktop updated, and secure; as data and components are located on a server, and not on the users machine.

Virtualizing Hardware
There are a number of different ways to virtualize hardware as well; this can include the virtualization of components such as hard drives, and entire computers. Why would someone want to virtualize an entire computer? Windows is likely the operating system of choice for your office, as it is likely compatible with most of the software that your office requires. But what if an employee needs a program that runs on Linux? By creating a virtual machine a windows computer can “host” a Linux OS, which allows for Linux based programs to run on a “guest” virtual machine.

Creating virtual hard disks can also be beneficial for IT networks. These hard disks can provide space for users to access that are located on servers as opposed to their physical machines. There are a number of benefits to keeping a users’ files on a separate server, including advanced security, and easier backup options.

Find out more about virtualization, and what it can mean for your business by contacting Morse Technologies today.

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