Virtualization is technology that lets you create useful IT services using resources that are traditionally bound to hardware. It allows you to use a physical machine’s full capacity by distributing its capabilities among many users or environments.
DevOps and IT teams face many challenges starting with services administration, purchasing hardware getting down to security. To follow the best practices, development environment, ERP services and Production environment, all of them should be separated. This is a big challenge for IT teams to manage and secure all these resources. Purchasing many separated servers represented a big deal for many businesses and enterprises. The rise of virtualization helped many businesses and specifically IT department to optimize their operation and reduce the cost of the hardware needed.
Using virtualization, you can run multiple environments on one hardware, in fact, there are three types of virtualization:
• Data virtualization
Data virtualization allows companies to treat data as a dynamic supply—providing processing capabilities that can bring together data from multiple sources. Unlike the traditional extract, transform, load process, the data remains in place, and realtime access is given to source system for the data.
• Desktop virtualization
desktop virtualization allows a central administrator (or automated administration tool) to deploy simulated desktop environments to hundreds of physical machines at once.it saves cost, power consumption with minimum CAPEX and affordable OPEX for your business.
• Server virtualization
Servers are computers designed to process a high volume of specific tasks really well so other computers—like laptops and desktops— can do a variety of other tasks. Virtualizing a server lets it to do more of those specific functions and involves partitioning it so that the components can be used to serve multiple functions
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