Introduction to Virtualization
Virtualization software simplifies computing infrastructure by partitioning and isolating servers in secure and transportable virtual machines each of which can run standard Windows, Linux, or NetWare operating systems and applications. To ensure high performance, each virtual machine has direct access to the host machine's resources such as CPU, memory, disk, networking, and peripherals.
Virtualization technology enables customers to run multiple operating systems concurrently on a single physical server, where each of the operating systems runs as a self-contained computer. The performance necessary to carry out time- and cost-saving tasks is achieved through virtualization technology in an enterprise-ready computing environment with advanced levels of scalability, manageability, and reliability. Virtual Machines (VM) can improve hardware efficiency and increase administrator productivity and IT responsiveness while maximizing value through a broad set of partner resources and solutions.
Virtual infrastructure software is used by enterprises large and small to increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their IT operations. Find out how virtual infrastructure software can help reduce your IT growing pains by consolidating your industry-standard servers, optimizing software development, and enabling affordable business continuity.
Virtualization enables developers and administrators to achieve increased operational efficiency in software testing and development, server consolidation scenarios, and legacy line-of-business application re-hosting.
Virtualization features robust storage, networking, and management features in an easy-to-use package that includes a simple, seven-step installation and a convenient Web-based management console. It provides hardware benefits through virtual machine isolation, while resource management enables multiple workloads to coexist on fewer servers. In addition, organizations benefit from increased administrator productivity throughout the phases of the IT life cycle.