What is virtualization?
Virtualization has been steadily working its way into almost every corner of the IT world, but what is virtualization, and more importantly how does it impact you? Let’s see if we can’t shed some light on that!
At its most basic level of interpretation, virtualization is a kind of software that allows you to run several operating systems and applications on the same server at the same time. These operating systems and applications are commonly contained in virtual hardware environments called virtual machines that emulate the hardware level functions of modern day computers and products like VMWare’s V-Sphere or Microsofts Hyper-V, which are making it easier than ever to work with.
But whats the big deal?
It might not seem like much but these virtual machines or VM’s for short are changing the game for both enterprise and small business server platforms so lets touch base on the largest benefit of virtualization: COST. The most daunting aspect of IT solutions usually boil down to cost, and virtualization can help keep costs low on not only hardware but software as well.
With virtualization, organizations can eliminate the need of having dedicated machines for dedicated tasks. This can effectively eliminate not only dozens of expensive computers but also the overhead in maintaining and powering them. By virtualizating all of these servers one can effectively centralize everything in a fraction of the amount of hardware. This has several benefits, such as reducing operating cost by reducing replacement equipment, electricity utilization, staffing, and centralizing management of the system, effectively increasing the overall efficiency of your organizations IT resources.
The rapid rise of virtualization has also sparked a new software licensing model that companies have been adopting across the board. This model adapts the benefits of virtualization. For example, Microsoft Windows server 2012 Standard allows a single license to be installed on a single dedicated server. However, a single Windows Server 2012 Standard license can be installed on two virtual machines. This can drastically reduce licensing costs. There are also several licensing solutions that do not have a limit on the amount of virtual machines that it can license, allowing painless expansion and flexibility.
Virtualization is definitely here to stay, and hopefully can save your organization a lot of much needed budget.