Virtualization is still relatively new. But it’s fun and effective. Let’s define it.
About.com defines it this way:
Virtualization is a technique for hiding the physical characteristics of computing resources to simplify the way in which other systems, applications, or end users interact with those resources.
That’s a little bit vague, but it does get to the heart of the issue rather quickly. From About.com again, here’s some light shed on the definition:
Virtualization lets a single physical resource (such as a server, an operating system, an application, or storage device) appear as multiple logical resources; or making multiple physical resources (such as storage devices or servers) appear as a single logical resource.
I like the way that’s put. With that in mind then, here are 10 reasons you should start using virtualization in your computing environment right now.
- Consolidate the workload of several servers into one machine.
- Increase the security of your entire datacenter.
- Partition a single server or computer to allow different operating systems to run completely different applications in real time.
- Isolate your applications for greater performance.
- Use virtual machines as more effective testing environments.
- Make system backup and recovery easier to manage.
- Simulate networks of independent computers.
- Use virtualization for debugging.
- Inject faults and study the behavior of your computing systems subsequently.
- Set up computers, servers, or applications to share the same memory multiprocessors.
Virtualization is a new and powerful way to make your computing environments more efficient and cost effective. You should give it a try.