Taking the Plunge Into Virtualization

    Once you’ve decided to venture into the IT enterprise or disaster recovery (DR) space, grasping the vernacular that will make you sound like a veteran is no easy task. But if you want to entrench yourself in the industry, you’ve got to know these terms like the back of your hand. A perfect example is the term virtualization.

    In short, virtualization software enables you to turn one computer into several by running multiple operating systems on one physical machine. Each “computer” can run at the same time, yet can run on a different server (i.e. Linux, Windows), and each is readily accessible for use.

    Virtualization software offers plenty of benefits. In the case of a natural disaster, for example, an IT administrator can tap into the physical machine via a remote server to then simulate a virtual environment. This way, every application and piece of data that is needed or may have been lost can be recovered and restored to resume business as usual.

    There are also cost benefits of virtualization. By running multiple virtual servers in the cloud, your IT department can avoid the expenses of on-premise equipment, including maintenance, upkeep and data center cooling.

    It’s no wonder the enterprise server virtualization market is being projected to reach $19.3 billion by next year, which is expected to support more than 70 percent of all server workloads installed on new shipments in 2014, according to market research firm IDC.

    Find out more about virtualization and whether it may make sense for your business by clicking here