4 or Five Benefits of Virtualization

First off, what the heck is virtualization?

The quick and dirty definition is that virtualization refers to methods of running multiple computer operating systems or hardware systems on one computer. For example, a Mac machine hosting a Windows virtual machine so that it looks and functions like a Windows machine and can then run Windows software applications. The main operating system and hardware are still Mac but virtualization expands end-user software options. Systems that can be virtualized include operating systems, desktops, servers, hardware and storage.

Companies constantly struggle to keep up with the ever changing landscape of new technology and computing power. There’s just no way to update business systems for every user, every year or two when something new comes out. It’s just too expensive and time consuming. But then legacy systems, like that old Windows 2000 machine the temp has to use, begin to proliferate, business falls behind the tech curve and productivity drops off. There is a solution and you guessed it: virtualization.

There are many benefits to virtualization but here’s an easily digestible list of four, maybe even five benefits of virtualization.


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