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Understanding Virtualization and its Benefits

If you’re wondering what the buzzword “Virtualization” means and what its benefits are, you’ve landed at the right place. Virtualization, simply put, is the process of creating a virtual software-based representation of various computing resources such as storage, network resources, and operating systems including servers.

Virtualization is considered the “Holy Grail” and “Game Changer” of IT infrastructure and datacenters. But what makes it so commendable and praiseworthy? Effectively, virtualization can maximize utilization of these computing resources by minimizing IT expenses for both small and large businesses. By dividing the resource into more execution environments with the help of virtualization software, administrators can reap benefits from computational resources which they couldn’t imagine before.

The Wonders of Virtualization

The different characteristics of VMs have a lot of benefits to offer. Partitioning helps run multiple operating systems on one host machine and allows dynamic system resource allocation. Isolation provides protection and security at the hardware level. The movement and copying of VMs become as easy as copying files thanks to encapsulation by saving the complete state of VMs onto files. Hardware independence is also a benefit of virtualization where a VM can be migrated to literally any physical server. Cost-effectiveness and Return on Investment matter a lot to businesses, regardless of their scale. Virtualization not only significantly reduces costs on IT infrastructure, but it also improves the ROI by enhancing resource flexibility, agility and scalability. Where the workload was once divided over one resource, the performance and availability of resources help produce superior workload mobility.

Let’s look at additional benefits virtualization offers to IT infrastructure and data center administrators:

   1. Reduced downtimes and Increased uptimes

Skipping most of the technobabble and getting straight to the point, virtualization provides minimal downtime and maximum uptime in various areas. Let’s consider “Fault tolerance” for now. With the help of virtualization, one can pool servers to form cluster. So, when one server does happen to go down, operations will remain uninterrupted as the rest of the pooled servers will still be up and running.

   2. Enhanced Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

Virtualization adds a lot of value when it comes to disaster recovery. With the help of server virtualization, a virtual machine along with critical data can safely and quickly be moved from one server to another. There are a lot of enterprise virtualization platforms out there that automate the failover whenever a disaster occurs. Many virtualization software also serves as the data center’s fire escape plan as they also allow you to test a disaster recovery failover.  So whenever a disaster really occurs, the infrastructure you’ve put in place is already prepared with appropriate steps and measures for safe and quick recovery.

   3. Faster Redeployment

When a physical server dies, its redeployment depends on many factors including the ready availability of a backup server, an image of the server, or the availability of current data on the backup server. With virtualization, you can redeploy it within minutes and clicks. Virtualization offers faster redeployment without your staff even noticing something went wrong

   4. Vendor-free Virtualization

If you’re running a business, you know how frustrating it can get when you have to lock vendors for soft or hard resources. Owing to the abstraction between hardware and software in virtualization, VM’s don’t depend on what hardware they run on or what server or platform is being used. Now you don’t have to be locked in with a specific vendor and can enjoy the fruits of flexibility and freedom.

   Wrapping it up

It can be aptly said that Virtualization has added great value in terms of cost savings and performance benefits for businesses. You can opt for StarWind HyperConverged Appliance to reduce the complexity and cost of virtualization solutions. With minimal hardware footprint, our on-site IT team can install and deploy it in no time.