What is Virtualization?

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“Have you ever heard of Virtualization? If you’ve heard of it, do you know what it is? If you know what it is, could you explain it? If you can explain it, could you make your Mom or layman understand it? You might answer yes to the first question. There will be far less who can answer yes to the second question. As for the last two, forget about it.

Simple Definitions

Virtualization is the process of separating the software layer of a computer or server from the hardware layer of a computer or server. A new layer is placed between the two to act as a go between.

In computing, virtualization refers to the act of creating a virtual version of something, including virtual computer hardware platforms, storage devices, and computer network resources.

Carpooling Analogy

Carpooling is the sharing of car journeys so that more than one person travels in a car, and prevents the need for others to have to drive to a location themselves. By having more people using one vehicle, carpooling reduces each person’s travel costs such as: fuel costs, tolls, and the stress of driving.

VMware Virtualization Technology

Now, because of VMware, that under-utilized piece of hardware can be divide out to more Server Operating Systems (Software / Passengers). Riding shotgun in the Durango might be an Email Server, in the second row you have the twins, Web Server and Sharepoint Server, and in the very back you have the File Server.  Each of those passengers (servers) thinks that they are all alone in their own vehicle , when in fact VMware is only making them believe that.

The Real World

n the real world, all of these analogies can only take you so far. You have to have a basic knowledge of some of the terms and some real life scenarios. The thing we are really talking about here is Server Virtualization. The hardware or the vehicles are called Hosts. The software or the passengers are called Clients. A single Host can support multiple Clients through the use of Virtualization software like VMware.


Many enterprises are leveraging the benefits of Virtualization by shifting from the traditional hardware infrastructures.

Here there some benefits you can achieve by Virtualization technology;

  1. Reduced Hardware Costs
  2. Faster Server Provisioning and Deployment
  3. Greatly Improved Disaster Recovery
  4. Significant Energy Cost Savings
  5. Increased Productivity”


SSDBlaze offers KVM Virtualization at https://ssdblaze.com/servers/



All credit given to: Faisal Sharif  on LinkedIn

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