Virtualization 101

February 10, 2011 by Jon Corwin

Virtualization is a technical innovation that allows increased levels of system abstraction. Adding a virtual layer on top of physical hardware offers scalability and better workload management in an environment to maximize the utility of computing resources.

Think of virtualization as the multiplier effect. Rather than silo workloads on a single operating system with a given set of applications and components, you can specify unlimited combinations and amounts of virtual machines (VMs). Stuck working on a Windows machine? No problem! Leveraging VMware’s virtualization platform, end users can create a Linux-based VM in minutes. Struggling with driver compatibility or CPU architecture? No problem. Spin up a VM to spec for your application needs.

VMware vSphere delivers datacenter resources and applications on command. Reduce capital costs and increase energy efficiency. Virtualization’s abstracted layer allows end users to migrate both VMs and workloads through an administrative console.