Benefits of Virtual Systems for Your Business

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Virtual systems are software-based emulations computers that run on top of physical hardware. They provide a variety of benefits for your business including IT efficiency, cost savings and security.

Virtual machines can be used to test a proven way to manage board meetings in an online space new software or to deploy Wikis and Jabber IM, as well as to create backup images of the current system to get back up and running faster following a disaster. Virtual machines can be replicated, and even migrated between physical servers to create high availability configurations, which can reduce downtime.

The ability to virtualize multiple systems can result in significant reductions in server equipment, energy and maintenance costs. IT teams can save time performing maintenance tasks such as the deployment of software updates since the entire virtual infrastructure is managed through a central platform. This increased efficiency allows your team to focus on projects that will improve the performance of your business.

Improved Data Security & Disaster Recovery

VMs are hardware-independent, meaning that they can be moved from one physical server to another just as easily as moving files on your desktop or laptop. This is beneficial in situations where the developer of an older piece of software goes out of business or is no longer supported by the original manufacturer of the equipment.

The type of hypervisor used in a virtualized system can make or brake its management. A bare-metal hypervisor such as VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Oracle VM Virtualization gives you more control and autonomy over the host operating system. A hypervisor hosted on a host, like KVM, (built into Linux kernel) is able to pass VM requests to the host OS, which can slow VM performance.