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Virtualization

Did you know that today’s hardware technologies have advanced so quickly that a single server simply can’t take advantage of all the power the latest hardware offers? An average server today will only utilize approximately 30% of its available resources. So what can you do to get the most out of your investment? It’s simple- virtualization!

What Is Virtualization?

Virtualization is the concept of emulating a physical computer or server within the software of a host computer or server. In layman’s terms, it’s a lot like your brain. Your brain as a whole is divided into several sections that are each responsible for different functions. In a virtual environment, one main “host” server is subdivided with multiple “virtual” servers each responsible for different functions. In years past it was common for a business to have separate physical machines acting as a file server, an email server, a web server, etc. With today’s advanced virtualization technologies, however, we can consolidate all of these server roles onto a single physical server while also keeping the servers entirely separate from one another.

Many benefits of virtualization include:

  • Reduces cost
  • Increased resource utilization (from 30% to 80%+)
  • Ease of backup and disaster recovery
  • Saves energy
  • Faster server provisioning
  • Increased uptime and reliability

…and many more

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