What is virtualization?
The term “virtualization” is commonly understood as a transition from a physical representation of resources to a logical (virtual) one, which allows you to flexibly change the set of initial elements of the IT infrastructure, leaving the level of service presentation unchanged.
As a rule, most IT professionals are familiar with server virtualization technology, which allows you to “package” several sometimes incompatible services into one hardware platform. But today, virtualization technologies are applicable not only to servers, but also to storage and data transmission systems (storage and data transmission systems), as well as user workstations, and are considered together as a complete concept of building an IT infrastructure.
The benefits of virtualization
Virtualization is a natural development of the idea of consolidation. This concept incorporates the best ideas and technologies in the industry.
The implementation of virtualization will allow:
- Solve new business challenges using existing equipment in less time.
- Reduce data center power consumption (which means lower air conditioning and power costs, while increasing the infrastructure operation time on backup sources in the event of a power failure).
- Reduce costs by improving infrastructure manageability, simplifying preventive maintenance processes, and efficiently using resources.
- Improve service availability and reduce disaster recovery times.
- Ensure the functioning of the productive systems of the enterprise, regardless of hardware problems.
- Provide load balancing on computing platforms.
- Provide centralized management of operating system and application updates with the ability to rollback updates.
- Creation of virtual workstations using “thin clients”.
- Creation of clones of productive systems for developers, without stopping the functioning.