Virtualization Explained
May 20th, 2015 Matt McCue

Virtualization allows your business to purchase and maintain fewer servers because you’re using the ones you already own at their optimal levels.

What is Virtualization?


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Virtualization is an effective way for your IT department to reduce operational costs by optimizing your company’s server performance and storage capacity. Virtualization allows your business to purchase and maintain fewer servers because you’re using the ones you already own at their optimal levels.


What is Server Virtualization?


Virtualization is the process of using physicals servers to power multiple computing environments - you’re turning your one physical server into many individual virtualized servers that your business can use to host all of its applications. Often they are clusters of physical servers that run many more virtual servers and workstations.


A virtualized server is set up using virtualization software that creates partitions, acting as secure firewalls so that each individual virtual server is protected from the other virtual servers.  A virtualized server hosts multiple environments called virtual machines, and each virtual machine can run its own operating system or application. And because everything is separate, your business can lease out unused server resources to offset the operational costs of your server.


What this means for your business is that you’re able to use existing machines and hardware to power more applications and business operations in their own secure environment. A virtual machine can keep your IT operational costs to a minimum because there are fewer machines to maintain, service, and power. 

 

Security and Virtualization


Security concerns when using virtualized servers are minimized by using the servers with up-to-date software and operating systems that are protected from any of the known vulnerabilities that can be used to gain access to your network.


In addition, traffic from virtual machine to virtual machine is analyzed to ensure that one virtual machine isn’t maliciously attacking any of the other virtual machines on your server. This is done using various protocols that are designed to detect any suspicious activity.


Summary


When your servers and storage resources are used to their maximum potential, it reduces the need for your business to buy and maintain more hardware. Your business can use the servers that are already in your data centre, and retire any unnecessary or out of date machines - keeping your data centres running only the servers that are needed for your organization’s applications and operations.


Tridacom is a Canadian company that specializes in Server Virtualization for businesses of all sizes. Our team is available to help your company reduce operational costs, improve network performance, and optimize your IT investment.


Contact us today at 1-877-489-0123 for more information and to schedule a consultation with our Virtualization team.

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