The process of creating a virtual version of something be it an operating system, a storage device, a server or network resources is known as virtualization. With virtualization, enterprises and companies succeeded in integrating administrative tasks, enhancing scalability, managing workloads, and reducing operational complexities.
Types of Virtualization SolutionsThe process of creating a virtual version of something be it an operating system, a storage device, a serveror network resources is known as virtualization. With virtualization, enterprises and companies succeededin integrating administrative tasks, enhancing scalability, managing workloads, and reducing operationalcomplexities. It brought about revolutionary changes to the working atmosphere of companies andenterprises. The most important advantage of virtualization is that it utilizes available resources toincrease performance.Virtualization solutions can be broadly divided into:Desktop VirtualizationThe concept of separating the desktop environment from the client that is used to access it is referred to asdesktop virtualization. This concept is extremely useful in the office environment. For the mobileworkforce, remote desktop access helps them to mange work efficiently and satisfactorily.Server or Hardware VirtualizationIt refers to the process of using software to partition a physical server into multiple isolated smaller virtualenvironments. Generally called as virtual or private servers, they are also known by different names suchas guests, instances, containers, emulations and so on. Since each server acts like a single physical server,they are capable of running their own operating systems and applications. However, these applicationsand operating systems running on separate servers do not interact or cause problems for each otherthereby guaranteeing excellent performance. In server virtualization, the resources of the server such asthe number and identity of individual physical servers, processors, and operating systems are maskedfrom server users.Network VirtualizationUsing software-based abstraction to separate network traffic from the physical network and itscomponents is what is meant by network virtualization. With this technology, administrators canconsolidate multiple physical networks into one virtual network, split up a single physical network intomultiple networks or create software only networks. Network virtualization helps to increase speed, savecosts, improve scalability, automation and network management.Storage VirtualizationIn storage virtualization, the administrator collects the entire multiple and different storage resources ordevices into a single pool or a single storage device. This helps companies to allocate storage volumeaccording to the requirement and not according to the limitations of the individual storage devices orresources.
Application VirtualizationAlso known as application Delivery portability or application service virtualization, applicationvirtualization involves the separation of the application from the operating system. That is to say, thesoftware is run from a remote server and not on the user’ computer and therefore no changes are made tothe computer’ operating system. Application virtualization helps companies to improve portability,manageability, and compatibility of applications.Also read on - Application Traffic Management, Cloud Computing