Virtualization: A Great Way to Reduce Cost and Get Efficiency

Author: Qingqing Chen

In computing, virtualization can be defined as a set of technical hardware or software that can run on a single machine, operating separately from one another; just as if they were running on separate physical machines. Virtualization tools are used to operate what is commonly called virtual private servers (VPS) or virtual environments (VE). The word is also used for client servers’ virtualization. All these terminologies are used for the environment that connects to the servers.

Virtualization to Get Maximum Efficiency

Virtualization is not a new idea. In fact, it goes back to the early days of computing. We can cite the work of Popek and Goldberg in 1974, which analyzed the different types of possible virtualization solutions, their advantages and laid the groundwork for future developments.

Big organizations need numerous servers to look after for their day to day businesses as well as to resolve the clients’ problems; particularly, the companies having a great web presence. Virtualization can reduce their hardware cost and can run numerous servers on a single machine.

Virtualization to Reduce Energy and Cost

It is general for any firm to have a couple of servers running at the 15 percent capacity. A server responsible for 15 percent uses a bit less energy than a server loaded to 90 percent. If a company has four servers, using 15 percent load; a single machine can run these four servers through virtualization. This way, the company can cut its hardware costs as well as the utilization of energy will also be reduced.

Virtualization for a Common Stand

Server virtualization permits great versatility in the load management and configuration of the servers in any changes or temporary failure (for emergency arrangement, etc…). More recently, much has been heard of since the passage of virtualization to Intel Mac. Windows and Mac OS are now designed to operate on the same CPU. It is legitimate to consider them to coexist. In addition, the versatility of Intel and AMD (processor manufacturers) have also embarked on the adventure, claiming to solve previous problems with the CPU hardware optimizations. Therefore, one could almost say that virtualization came under the spotlight. However, this technology remains somewhat mysterious to the general public. To clear the concept of virtualization,   it seemed appropriate to make an overview of virtualization solutions available today and their future developments.

Latest Development in Virtualization

Using a Mac does not necessarily mean the abandonment of Windows applications. You can simultaneously and safely run your favorite Windows programs and devices with your Mac applications. Get the best of Windows without affecting the power of your Mac. VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop (Software) provide unparalleled graphics support in Windows, including the latest Windows 7 Aero animations and 3D graphics indispensable for gamers with the latest versions. VirtualBox or PearPC provide same facility for Windows users.

Mac OS or Windows?

Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac or VMware Fusion and VirtualBox or PearPC (Software) let you seamlessly run Windows and Mac OS X in parallel. Copy and paste your files between operating systems and run Windows software on your Apple or Windows computer without rebooting!

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