Understanding Virtualization

Virtualization isn’t just for large corporations and enterprises anymore. Companies of all sizes can benefit from virtualization, whether you’re looking to reduce IT costs, enhance security, increase operational efficiencies, or do some combination thereof.

But before we get into the details of the various types of virtualization, it is important to have a general understanding of what virtualization is. At its core, virtualization is the ability to make simulated software environments function like hardware. Implementation of virtualization technology can offer SMBs numerous benefits including flexibility, scalability, reliability, and performance across a broad range of applications.

We’ll discuss some of the most common virtualization methods below and explain how they can add value to your business.

Application Virtualization

As more and more employees need to have access to business data and programs from a variety of devices, it becomes increasingly important to have a way for this information to be accessed without running the program (or storing the data) on local hard drives. Application virtualization allows for everything to remain on the server, making it harder for hackers to gain access and reducing the risk that employees will inadvertently (or intentionally) store important information outside your secure environment.

Desktop Virtualization

Similar to application virtualization, desktop virtualization separates the desktop environment from the physical device. This allows authorized users to virtually work from anywhere and still access files, programs, and applications that are stored on their network computer. In addition to providing a layer of security, desktop virtualization can also provide cost savings as duplicate software licenses are not required for a single user’s multiple devices.

Hardware Virtualization

Probably the most widely used type of virtualization, hardware virtualization refers to the creation of virtual versions of computers and operating systems and consolidates them onto a single physical server. This allows businesses to maximize efficiency from their hardware resources.

Network Virtualization

The underlying functionality of network virtualization is the ability to divide network bandwidth into multiple independent channels. This allows businesses to keep different network functions separate while increasing network speed for users and applications alike.

Storage Virtualization

The value of storage virtualization is often underestimated, until disaster strikes. By having backups of critical data and applications stored virtually it is relatively easy to replicate and transfer the information to a new location and more or less pick up where you left off.

Integrating virtualization into your SMB can be a lot to think about, but with the ATB team of experts on your side, it’s easier than you might think. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today learn more about how virtualization can benefit your business.

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