If you have ever tried to divide your desktop’s hard drive into various different sub parts, then most probably you already know something about Virtualization. According to the Nuvolat Cloud Group, Virtualization is divided into few different groups on the basis of similarities with other members of the group. The original concept of virtualization started in the 1960s where you broadly divided all the resources of your mainframe computers to allocate to a number of different applications and processes. However, with the changes made in technology, the word ‘Virtualization’ has taken up a more broadened meaning.
What is Virtualization?
In simpler terms, Virtualization refers to the method where you can create a virtual copy of anything. It can include all your computer hardware, storage devices, operating systems and other network resources. These different types of Virtualization include Hardware Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, Network Virtualization and storage virtualization.
Different type of Virtualization
Virtualization can be divided broadly into the following categories:
- Network Virtualization: The basic concept of Network Virtualization involves gathering all the available networks and resources and splitting them into a number of different channels based on the available bandwidth. Each channel is independent to the other and allows you to assign them to different server in real time.
- Storage Virtualization: This method involves you to pool all your physical storage from a number of different devices, either connected physically or over a network, to appear as a single storage unit for your use. You can easily manage all these different storage devices from a central console and is commonly used for storage devices in Storage Area Networks (SANs).
- Hardware Virtualization: Also known as Platform Virtualization, Hardware Virtualization allows you to create a virtual machine. This virtual machine acts a standalone real computer on your current operating system. For example, many users install Linux Ubuntu as a virtual machine on their Microsoft Windows-run desktops and personal computers. This allows them to use all the features of Ubuntu on their personal computers without having to actually install it on their devices.
- Desktop Virtualization: Desktop Virtualization can also be thought of as separating the logical desktop from your physical computer. It allows you to access your host computer from any individual remote computer which is connected to the host over a network – preferably, Wireless or using LAN Wire. The physical computer acts as a server computer and can host many different users at the same time from remote locations.
- Application Virtualization: One of the most important Virtualizations type available, Application Virtualization allows you to host a number of different individual applications in a separate environment from what the underlying Operating System provides them with.
What are the benefits of Virtualization?
The Virtualization provides a user with a number of benefits. These include:
- Server Consolidation: Virtualization allows you to consolidate your server capability and make a number of different servers on a single host PC.
- Testing and Development: Virtualization allows developers to test their developments by isolating them and using them in a controlled environment.
- Improved System Reliability: Virtualization allows improving your system reliability as most of the errors like memory corruption happen very rarely.
- Virtual Desktops: Virtualization allows you to seamlessly use multiple operating systems on a single PC.