The popularity of cloud services is soaring to an all-time high and virtualization has enabled even security-conscious companies to give it a try. The technology is expected to double its market share in the next few years as most big companies move to a managed services model.

In this article, we will try to explain what is visualization and how it helps businesses.

The act of creating a virtual resource, like a desktop, server, storage system, etc. is called virtualization. This process allows for easy management of available resources and to create logically independent units that assure security. Although virtualization has been around for decades, we are now seeing a massive development in the domain, thanks to the popularity of cloud-based services.

Using virtualization, you can run several instances of the operating system all at the same time. Doing so will reduce the hardware costs and improve the utilization rate of your IT resources. You can virtualize almost everything you need, be it a server, a hard disk or a desktop.

Virtualization is possible, thanks to a software called hypervisor. A Hypervisor emulates the behavior of most of the underlying hardware. For example, when you process a video, the hypervisor emulates the graphics card’s functionality to render the video.

Historically, virtualization started as a useful tool to manage servers. But today, they are being used to do a lot more. You can virtualize applications, networks, data, and even desktops or laptops.

Thanks to virtualization, it is easy for the IT staff to centrally manage hundreds of machines. This also allows for infrastructure costs to be controlled. Instead of deploying ten laptops with different configurations, the IT team can now install two desktops with five virtual systems each. And the beauty is that all ten can be used concurrently.

 Virtualization is one of the big reasons for the reduction of server costs in recent years.