Virtualization occurs when a server is partitioned from one physical server into several others. Each virtual machine can interact independently with other devices, applications, data and users as though it were a separate physical source.
Benefits of Server Virtualization:
Go Green! You save so much money on power and cooling costs.
Reduced Space: No worrying about clutter from networking gear and racks. Now you can use your space for other needs.
Faster server provisioning: Provide your business units with near instant-on capacity. Server virtualization enables adaptable capacity to provide system provisioning and distribution at a moment’s notice. No more waiting for shipping and receiving on top of wiring and racking. These steps take hours to setup. You can quickly clone an image, template, or even another virtual machine to get a server up and running within a matter of minutes.
Longer life: Many businesses have had servers that do not run on modern operating systems. It may not run on newer hardware, your IT team is afraid to even mess with it, and most likely the person who updates and maintains it fell off of the face of the earth. By virtualizing and encapsulating the application and its environment, you can extend its life. This maintains uptime and you can finally trash the old junk in your office.