Virtualisation is a proven software technology that makes it possible to run multiple operating systems and applications on the same server at the same time. Computer hardware was traditionally designed to run a single application on a single operating system, which leaves most computers vastly underutilised. Virtualisation is a proven software technology that makes it possible for you to run multiple operating systems and application on the same server at the same time with each virtual machine sharing the resources of one physical computer. Because each virtual machine is isolated from other virtualised machines, if one crashes, it doesn’t affect the others.
9 Benefits of Server Virtualisation – Part 3
Server virtualisation is definitely not a new concept in the working world and while there are still those that view it as “new technology” companies who have already adopted virtualisation cannot imagine a day without it.
Virtualisation has been viewed as a game changer because it is the single, most effective way to reduce IT expenses while boosting efficiency and agility. Whether you’re new to virtualisation or use it every day we want you to take full advantage of the benefits virtualisation offers. In this three-part post we’ll look at nine benefits of server virtualisation.
Helps you make the move to the cloud
Virtualising your servers for many is considered the first step towards a move into the cloud. Virtualising your environment and removing the underlying hardware ensures that when you feel the time has come and you are ready to move your data out of your data centre and into a cloud hosting facility, you have a head start.
Improved energy efficiency
More businesses are invested in operating in an environmentally sustainable way. If this is one of your business goals virtualisation can help you go green. Moving your physical servers over to virtual machines and consolidating them onto fewer physical servers means lowering monthly power and cooling costs in the data centre so not only are you saving money, you’re also decreasing your overall environmental footprint.
The ability to move running virtual machines
If you’ve ever had to move your servers from one host to another you know what that means for downtime. Virtualising your servers gives you the ability, through features like VMware’s vMotion, to move a running virtual machine from one host to another with no downtime.