Ask this question at any computing conference and you’ll likely start a riot. Virtualization certainly has its proponents, but it also has its detractors. Personally, I see it growing into a big business and, who knows, someday it may outgrow traditional computing and take it over. But I think it would be unrealistic to expect virtualization to completely make traditional computing obsolete.
People will always have a need for their own computers, their own hardware, and their own servers. However, the market is there for cloud service providers to give an alternative to the traditional paths of computing.
What benefits does virtualization offer?
- First and foremost, it allows you to reduce the size of your hardware fleet. You’ll need fewer hardware resources at your location and therefore can save money on operating costs.
- It increases your space efficiency by consolidating your hardware resources.
- You can separate your applications into working silos and prevent them from affecting each other in negative ways.
- You can speed up your resources.
- You can have more than one operating environment on a single server.
- You can test new software and applications more easily.
- It makes the deployment of new applications easier.
With these benefits, you can move your servers from your own location into the cloud easily, seamlessly, and cost effectively. This will cause your entire operating environment to run more efficiently and save you money in the long run.