Virtualization is being readily adopted by companies in order to meet their ever-increasing requirements for data servers and their related resources. A common misconception is that this virtualization of servers is the only form of this technology but in reality, it is only the tip of the iceberg.
Nowadays, virtualization of every possible resource present in the data center is a trending phenomenon of the information technology industry. From enterprise level to personal use, companies and individuals are opting for virtualized services. In order to understand the true nature and impact of this technology, we need to understand how it has come to be.
Before we start talking about virtualization let us refresh our mind about cloud computing. Cloud computing is carried out by companies when they store data on remote servers and allow information access by users no matter what their location. There are three types of clouds that are given below:
- Public Cloud: The public cloud is where a user can store their files such as photos and access them at any time using any device that has an internet connection. Google Docs, Flickr, DropBox and One Drive etc. are a few examples of public clouds.
- Private Cloud: Cloud computing with security creates a private cloud. Companies usually deploy such clouds so that only their employees and authorized people can have access to the large files and extensive databases at any time.
- Hybrid Cloud: In this type of cloud there is a private part for secure corporate usage and a public cloud with limited content access for customers, vendors, and partners, etc.
Virtualization is a revolutionary technology of the future. It is of seven different types i.e. server, network, hardware, operating system, storage, application and administrative. The power of virtualization is remarkable no matter where it is applied. For example, virtualized processing power allows people to have the processing power of a supercomputer in their handheld smart devices. This, in turn, gives people the ability to make decisions that are best for the organization.
IT as a Service
Virtualization has now given us the freedom to virtualize majority of the IT industry’s components. IT as a Service has given rise to virtual on-demand services that run in the cloud. There are countless benefits associated with IT as a service. It is cost-effective, increase agility and enhances efficiency. With IT as a service, companies can have their demands scaled in nanoseconds and only pay for the number of resources they consume. For example, if a company’s sale increases then the system will configure itself to allocate the number of resources required and when the sale decreases, it can self-configure to scale down the resource utilization.
IT as a service has really changed the working dynamics of the information technology departments. With this technology, the staff that was once caught up in IT maintenance can now focus on innovation, research, and driving sales, thanks to the existence of majority department components in the cloud.
Virtualization of Organizations is the Future
Virtualization is a must-have for organizations of all sizes. It helps in cutting down IT budgets drastically e.g. 15% cost can be reduced from the budget by using virtual desktops. Organizations are enamored with the agility and speed virtualization has to offer. With this technology, the delivery time of a service has been reduced to days.