3 Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is Virtualization?
The term virtualization can be hard to grasp, that’s because there is nothing to physically grasp! Virtualization is simply the creation of a virtual -- rather than actual -- version of something, such as an operating system (OS), a server, a storage device, or network resources.

2. How Does Virtualization Work?

Virtualization is a technology in which a software application (guest operating system) emulates the underlying hardware allowing you to run multiple virtual computers on one physical computer. You can view it as a computer within a computer, or a server within a server - a machine inception if you will.

While the performance of this virtual system is not equal to the performance of the operating system running on true hardware, the concept of virtualization works because most guest operating systems and applications generally don't need the full use of the underlying hardware to run properly.

The advantage of virtualization is that it provides additional computing power, without the added expense of having to buy more physical computers. It is the single most effective way to reduce IT expenses while boosting efficiency and agility for your business.

There are two types of desktop virtualization:

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – This allows many desktops to run on the main server and then be streamed to users through virtual machines. In this way, virtualization gives an organization’s users access to a variety of operating systems (OS) from any device.

Local Desktop Infrastructure – It runs a hypervisor, or virtual machine monitor, on a local computer, which enables users to run one or more extra operating systems on that computer. You can also easily switch from one operating system to another without changing anything on the primary (or underlying) operating system.

3. Why Should I Use Virtualization within My Business?

There are several reasons why you may want to use virtualization within your business. First off, virtualization is a popular way to save money on hardware costs. Desktop virtualization is popular for running client operating systems in a virtual machine for training purposes and testing new software or patches before rolling updates out to your entire network. It can also save money on power consumption and help drive green initiatives.

Modern cloud virtualization providers like Microsoft 365, Google Cloud, or Amazon web services have large data centers and the ability to implement resources dynamically based on need. While some virtual servers must be on all the time, as they are critical to operations, dynamic resources allow you to spin up more virtual servers at times when your team needs more processing power and resources. When the load on systems drops off, those additional servers can be automatically shut down and removed. With this on-demand computing resource, you’ll have the ability to quickly scale up or down as needed while at the same time saving your bottom line and only paying for what you need, when you need it.

Secondly, virtualization allows for (more) rapid recovery should one of your servers or computers go down. By clustering your virtual operating systems across various server farms and data centers your MSP can quickly reboot a recovery should a physical piece of hardware die. Limiting downtime to a minimum.

If you're still on the fence about virtualization within your business, Contact Meeting Tree Computer at (845) 237-2117. For 20+ years we have helped hundreds of Hudson Valley business owners find the appropriate solution for their business today and for whatever tomorrow may bring.