Types of Virtualization in the Workplace

Virtualization is a process that allows components of a single machine to be divided into multiple virtual machines. The benefits of virtualization include making resources more efficient, reducing IT expenses, creating better testing environments and more. There are several types of virtualization that your company can use.

Desktop Virtualization

Desktop virtualization involves running a virtual machine in a host server through a program known as a hypervisor. The hypervisor is able to grant multiple operating systems to be used alongside one another, and allows them all to use the same resources from the host machine. Rather than using the host’s operating system, a virtualized desktop runs on a remote central server. This means that you will be able to access the operating system without needing access to the physical machine itself.

Application Virtualization

Application virtualization involves installing a piece of software onto one central server that is capable of being operated on multiple computers virtually. This form of virtualization makes things easier for administrators to manage a user’s access to an application without needing to access the user’s machine.

Server Virtualization

Rather than using one sole server, server virtualization divides up the resources of one server to be used on multiple virtual servers. In doing so, these virtual servers can be used as separate machines. Server virtualization can help keep hardware costs down without sacrificing performance.

Network Virtualization

Network virtualization takes the processes of networking hardware, and performs them through software. This method allows network administrators to either combine multiple physical networks into one virtual network. It also allows for one physical network to be utilized across multiple virtual networks.

Storage Virtualization

This form of virtualization combines all of the physical storage of multiple virtual networks to appear as one main storage device. This process can help users to easily archive and backup files as needed.

Virtualization reduces the amount of resources that your IT department needs while increasing the performance not only in your system but also with your staff. At Think Technologies Group, we can help get your business set up with any of the above virtualization practices today. Contact us today for a free network assessment, or call us at (352) 789-6043 for more information.