The world is going virtual. And that includes the data center.
Virtualization, as you may already know, is the process of creating a software-based representation of something rather than a physical one. It can be applied to applications, servers, storage, and networks. And it’s the single most effective way to reduce IT expenses while boosting efficiency and agility for all kinds of businesses.
Of course, server virtualization is the most common implementation of this kind of thing today.
“Most servers operate at less than 15 percent of capacity, leading to server sprawl and complexity,” VMware explains. “Server virtualization addresses these inefficiencies by allowing multiple operating systems to run on a single physical server as virtual machines, each with access to the underlying server's computing resources.”
“The next step is to aggregate a server cluster into a single consolidated resource – which improves overall efficiency and reduces cost. Server virtualization also enables faster workload deployment, increased application performance, and higher availability.”
Reducing capital and operating costs is one benefit of virtualization. It can also help minimize or eliminate downtime. Virtualization also can help increase IT agility, efficiency, and productivity, and responsiveness. It can help you provision applications and resources faster. It enables business continuity and disaster recovery. It simplifies data center management, and it can help you build a true software-defined data center.
“Applications run on the virtual network exactly the same as if on a physical network,” VMwave explains. “Network virtualization presents logical networking devices and services—logical ports, switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, VPNs and more—to connected workloads. Virtual networks offer the same features and guarantees of a physical network with the operational benefits and hardware independence of virtualization.”
To learn more about how virtualization works, how it relates to the cloud, and how your company can benefit from it, just check out the webinar “Your Journey to the Cloud Starts Today!”
This free event, sponsored by ePlus along with VMware, will take place Thursday, March 23 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Chris Wolf, vice president and chief technology officers of global field and industry at VMware, will be the featured speaker.
For more information and to register, go HERE.
Edited by Alicia Young