Few innovations have transformed the modern enterprise as virtualization technology. Recently, we published a number of educational resources on our SC//Insights page that aim to demystify the world of virtualization and break down its complexities into easily digestible parts.
In our initial primer, What is Virtualization Technology? we start with the basics, explaining how virtualization technology as an umbrella term refers to creating a virtual version, or virtual machine (VM), of a physical resource such as a server, operating system, storage device, or network. Through this process, multiple operating systems can effectively share the computing, network, and storage of resources on a single physical machine, enabling IT organizations to realize increased efficiency, cost savings, and flexibility in managing IT resources. Various types of virtualization exist, including server, desktop, network, and storage virtualization, each with specific benefits and use cases.
Of course, virtualization technology is only one part of the story. In our resource, Virtualization Software: How it Works, Types, and Advantages, we delve into the mechanics of virtualization software itself, exploring how the software layer serves as virtualization’s frontal cortex to facilitate the creation and management of these VMs on a host machine.
Typically composed of a hypervisor or virtual machine monitor (VMM), virtualization software abstracts the physical resources to allow VMs to operate independently with their own unique configurations. While various kinds of virtualization software are tailored to different needs, the most popular examples include VMware, Hyper-V, and of course, Scale Computing HyperCore.
Building on the foundation of our understanding of virtualization software, the next logical step is to examine one of its core applications - server virtualization. In What is Server Virtualization?, we explore the technology that enables the creation of multiple VMs on a single physical server.
Just as virtualization software facilitates VM operations on a host machine, server virtualization takes this concept to a broader scale, harnessing these virtualized components for efficient and scalable server management. This synergy between software and server function showcases the intricate balance between conceptual understanding and practical implementation within virtualization.
Finally, in What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?, we examine how the concept of VDI has emerged as a pivotal evolution, allowing servers and entire desktop environments to be virtualized. By consolidating various vendor components into one system, VDI streamlines the user desktop management experience by offering enhanced security, the flexibility to accommodate bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and improved image management. By taking advantage of the latest technology, improving efficiency, and enhancing security, you stay competitive and ensure that your IT infrastructure is ready for the future. Scale Computing Platform is uniquely positioned to make robust VDI deployments available no matter the size of your organization.