Benefits of Virtual Systems for Your Business

Benefits of Virtual Systems for Your Business

Virtual systems are computer-based simulations that run on software systems that run on top physical hardware. They can provide many advantages to your company that include IT efficiency and cost savings.

Virtual machines can be used to test new software or deploy Wikis and Jabber IM, and also to create backup images of the current system in order to recover faster from the aftermath of a catastrophe. VMs can be replicated and moved between physical servers to create high availability configurations, which can reduce downtime.

The ability to virtualize multiple systems can result in significant reductions in server equipment, energy and maintenance costs. IT staff can reduce the time they spend on maintenance tasks, like updating software, since the virtual infrastructure is controlled by an integrated platform. This efficiency boost can aid your team in focusing on strategic projects that move your company forward.

Improved Data Security & Disaster Recovery

VMs are hardware-independent, meaning that they can be moved from one physical server to another just as easily as moving files on your desktop or laptop. This is particularly useful in the event where the developer of an older piece of software ceases business or is not supported anymore by the original manufacturer of the equipment.

The type of hypervisor that is used in a virtual environment could make or break the effectiveness of its management. A bare-metal hypervisor such as VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Oracle VM Virtualization provides greater control and autonomy with the host operating system. On the other side, a hosted hypervisor such as KVM (built into the Linux kernel) sends VM requests through the host OS for processing which may reduce VM performance.

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