The Dawn of Virtual Machines
A virtual machine is in fact an environment that runs on the native operating system of a machine and mimics the behavior of a regular operating system. This environment is also known as the guest operating system and the native operating system is known as the host operating system. With the advancement in the virtualization technology, the virtual machines came into play and are very common nowadays. In this article, we will explain to you the basic components of a virtual machine, how does a virtual machine work, advantages and disadvantages of using virtual machines and finally, we will talk a little about StarWind V2V Converter.
Basic Components of a Virtual Machine:
The main components of a virtual machine are as follows:
Working of a Virtual Machine:
Virtual machines run on top of a hypervisor, which is a software that monitors all the operating systems. A virtual machine imitates the behavior of a native operating system running on a machine but it utilizes the hardware resources that are connected with the host operating system. Multiple virtual machines can be created on a single system and all the resources attached to that system are shared equally by these virtual machines. Although each virtual machine has its own copy of the operating system. However, multiple virtual machines can run simultaneously on a system.
The creation of virtual machines find multiple use cases. One can create virtual machines for running an application on an outdated operating system, or for testing an application on multiple platforms, or for running an application on a different platform other than the host operating system, or for testing of such applications that are required to run on multiple servers.
Pros of Using a Virtual Machine:
The pros of using a virtual machine are listed below:
Cons of Using a Virtual Machine:
The cons of using a virtual machine are listed below:
StarWind V2V Converter:
StarWind has recently launched StarWind V2V converter, which is a software that is used for the conversion, and cloning of virtual machines from one format to another. This software provides a bidirectional conversion between multiple virtual machine formats. This capability of StarWind V2V converter provides high levels of timesaving during migration and hypervisor switch.
The main features of StarWind V2V converter are listed below:
The benefits of StarWind V2V converter are as follows:
Although the use of virtual machines is becoming very common these days but like every other technology, virtual machines also have certain pros and cons associated with them. Before making use of a virtual machine, one carefully needs to analyze his situation, context of use and the drawbacks associated with it. Only then, he can ensure a safe usage of a virtual machine.