Introduction – What is Virtualization?
Today, the term virtualization is not new for most of us but we would like to formally define it for the ones who are new to this field. Virtualization refers to the creation of virtual instances of the actual physical IT resources such as servers, storage, operating systems, networks etc. Virtualization technology took over the IT industry very rapidly and it is excessively used these days in almost every IT firm.
In this article, we will gain in-depth knowledge about the most common benefits of virtualization. We will discuss each one of them in detail thus making clear how virtualization is able to offer these benefits and finally, we will talk a little about StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA).
Benefits of Virtualization:
The virtualization technology offers numerous benefits and some of the most important benefits are as follows:
You will experience an unbeatable performance and efficiency while working in a virtualized environment. The reason behind that is instead of having multiple different physical servers, we now have a number of virtual servers running on a single physical machine, which is easier to manage and maintain as compared with maintaining multiple physical servers.
Increased Level of Hardware Utilization:
As stated above, multiple virtual machines can run on a single physical machine, hence the hardware is utilized to its full capacity without wasting any of its resources.
You can create as many virtual resources as you want according to your own requirements whenever you want and once you are done using these resources, you can simply destroy them without any sort of difficulty.
Quicker Backups and Disaster Recovery:
We all know the importance of keeping our data safe and secure and the most common remedy is to have multiple redundant copies of that data. However, the cost of physical data storage is very high these days. That is why it is not considered feasible. Nevertheless, we do not have to worry about it anymore because we can create as many redundant copies of our data as we want with the help of storage virtualization.
Multiple virtual machines can take over the responsibility of a cluster of physical machines. Hence, you need to spend lesser on your hardware and still get better performance.
Facilitates Application Testing:
The IT firms create many applications and software on daily basis and each one of these entities needs to be tested before they can be launched for public use. Normally, you have to buy expensive hardware to test your applications but now you can perform your testing using the virtual machines.
All the virtual machines created on a single physical machine can be centrally managed without any difficulty and indulging oneself in any complex processes.
Easier Migration to the Cloud:
Virtualization and cloud computing resemble each other in many aspects. In fact, it will not be wrong to say that virtualization provides the foundation stone for building the cloud computing infrastructure. That is why it is much easier to migrate the virtualized workloads to the cloud.
StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA):