10 Reasons To Get On The Virtualization Bandwagon

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.

  1. Consolidate the workload of several servers into one machine.
  2. Increase the security of your entire datacenter.
  3. Partition a single server or computer to allow different operating systems to run completely different applications in real time.
  4. Isolate your applications for greater performance.
  5. Use virtual machines as more effective testing environments.
  6. Make system backup and recovery easier to manage.
  7. Simulate networks of independent computers.
  8. Use virtualization for debugging.
  9. Inject faults and study the behavior of your computing systems subsequently.
  10. 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.

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