Virtualization: one cloud, any application, any device
Virtualization is at the heart of VMware’s “one cloud, any application, any device” architecture. It’s the single most effective way to reduce IT expenses while boosting efficiency and agility – not just for large enterprises, but for small and midsize businesses too.
Virtualization can increase IT agility, flexibility, and scalability while creating significant cost savings. Workloads get deployed faster, performance and availability increases and operations become automated, resulting in IT that’s simpler to manage and less costly to own and operate.
Today, the term virtualization is widely applied to a number of concepts, including:
• Server Virtualization
• Client / Desktop / Application Virtualization
• Network Virtualization
• Storage Virtualization
• Service / Application Infrastructure Virtualization
Server virtualization is the most active segment of the virtualization industry featuring established companies such as VMware. With server virtualization one physical machine is divided in many virtual servers. At the core of such virtualization is the concept of a hypervisor, a thin software layer that intercepts operating system calls to hardware.
Server virtualization has a large number of benefits:
• Increased Hardware Utilization – This results in hardware saving, reduced administration overhead, and energy savings
• Security – Clean images can be used to restore compromised systems. Virtual machines can also provide sandboxing and isolation to limit attacks
• Development – Debugging and performance monitoring scenarios can be easily setup in a repeatable fashion. Developers also have easy access to operating systems they might not otherwise be able to install on their desktops
Prodata Systems is a highly certified VMware partner and has many experience in architecting and building high available virtualized environments.