Server and appliance virtualization has been a game-changing technology for IT, providing efficiencies and capabilities that just aren’t possible when constrained within a physical world. And while server virtualization has continued to mature and advance itself, some virtualized organizations are still not taking full advantage of the offering. Creating a virtual version of a device or resource, such as a server, storage device, network or even an operating system, where the framework divides the resource into one or more execution environments. This allows companies to utilize less hardware and their IT staff can concentrate on business critical tasks. Virtualization decreases the need for spending on hardware replacements and upgrades, while increasing productivity of the IT staff.
Run multiple applications per server because your operating system and applications are isolated from one another. Failure of an application on one virtual machine doesn’t affect other virtual machines on the same physical server. Virtualization protects your application workloads and data from hardware related unscheduled downtime.
With a move to virtual machines, you are that much closer to enjoying a full-blown cloud environment. You may even reach the point where you can deploy VMs to and from your data center to create a powerful cloud-based infrastructure, making the migration all the easier.