Virtualization is a big part of what makes the cloud what it is. First let’s explain a little about how virtualization works:
The old thinking told us that one server box did one thing, the next box another. You could touch it and label it with a sticky so you could find it in your sea of servers and switches. That was fine but very wasteful and difficult to manage.
New technologies are allowing us to pull multiple servers and tasks into a single box. Think about using a school bus for just 5 or so students. That would be wasteful, on gas and materials. Virtualization technology takes that bus capacity and allows you to maximize its use. We allocate resources and create segments within a server, (virtual servers), that accommodate a few seats on the bus or a lot of seats based on your business needs without needing multiple servers. By doing this companies can see significant reductions in hardware costs, electric costs (including cooling), and support cost. So it’s green, space efficient and budget friendly.
Virtualization can also be leveraged to consolidate multiple dated server hardware into a new single box. This is valuable to do when your hardware is old, out of warranty, or nearing the end of its life. In addition, you can add more resources and functions into the new virtual setup to make your business run more efficiently without additional hardware costs.
Virtualization of your data and software needs is a wonderful technology advance and one that most small to medium businesses are wise to explore.