In computing, virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as a hardware platform, operating system, storage device, or network resources.
Intel-based computers are designed to run a single operating system and a single application, leaving most PC’s and servers underutilized.
The average PC only uses 7% of its processing power. The average server uses 12% of its processing power. Virtualization allows for use of 80% of the processing power.
Virtualization allows you to run multiple virtual machines on a single physical server, with each virtual PC or virtual server sharing the resources of that one physical server. Different virtual machines can run different operating systems and multiple applications on the same physical computer.
Virtualizing your IT infrastructure lets you reduce IT costs while increasing the efficiency, utilization, and flexibility of your existing IT assets. Companies of every size benefit from virtualization. Thousands of organizations—including all of the Fortune 100—use virtualized environments.
Reasons to Adopt Virtualization Software:
- Increase network uptime: Minimize downtime and recover immediately from unplanned issues.
- Optimize your IT resources: Get the most out of your existing infrastructure. Extend the life of existing IT assets, reducing the overall cost of ownership.
- Resources on demand: Apply computing power where it’s needed most. For example, move processing, RAM, or hard drive space from one place to another instantly.
- The same desktop anywhere, anytime: Deploy and access virtual desktop on almost any standard desktop, laptop, or tablet PC.
Intel put out a great little video that might help: