Virtualization is the process of sharing hardware resources among one or more client operating systems.

So how does it work? – One single piece of hardware hosts multiple operating systems in a virtual environment. The multiple operating systems are formed by “allocation” of the single host computer hardware and are unaware that they are virtual machines or that they are in a virtual environment.

Why would you want to “allocate” your computer to do this? One Host computer is divided into several virtual environments, usually known as a Virtual Machine. Each Virtual Machine can run its own operating system for a specific task. Functions include E-mail Servers, Application Servers, and Database Servers.

The goal of virtualization is to centralize administrative tasks, reduce power consumption, and reduce hardware costs while improving scalability and workloads. Host servers can have several Virtual Client Machines, without impacting Client performance. This can be done due to advancements in multiple core processors and reduction in costs of RAM.

Aside from providing a more “green-focused” technology for the workplace, virtualization can also provide other benefits for business including continuity and disaster recovery plans. Virtualization can reduce the power impact of the infrastructure and minimize the cost of operations without sacrificing reliability and performance. There are many factors to consider when implementing a virtual environment. These factors include Virtual OS update scheduling, mixed operating system environments, maintenance schedules, and application performance requirements that should be planned before deployment.

Virtualization may not be the right solution for everyone. If you are considering virtualizing your office environment, contact us today. We will devise a solution that works to fulfill all of your needs.

Would you like to virtualize your environment to increase efficiency? Contact us today or give us a call at (877) 85-RHINO!

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