Desktop virtualization enables users to run several operating systems on one computer. This approach is quite common in corporate environments.
There are two main categories of desktop virtualization:
- Locally hosted desktop virtualization using a hypervisor to run multiple operating systems from a single computer.
- Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows you to run multiple virtual machines from a centralized host, delivering streamed desktop environments to users.
VDIs also enable organizations to offer services like cloud-based applications to end-users, remote security monitoring, and support distributed teams across multiple locations (even across the planet).
Server consolidation is a critical benefit of virtualization because it helps split a server’s resources for multiple purposes. So, you don’t have to maintain several different servers with unique functions.
Server consolidation helps businesses, and especially cloud services providers, make the most of underutilized server resources. This approach helps save money and space within a data center.
Software virtualization helps separate applications from the host machine’s underlying operating system and hardware. This approach is often used to see how a new application will interact with your existing stack.
By creating a copy of your current configuration and data, you can test new applications, software updates, patches, and any installation scenario that can potentially put your data at risk.
Storage virtualization brings together multiple network storage resources into a single storage location. This approach helps users access the data they need to get the job done from anywhere in the world.
Software virtualization also allows connected servers, applications, and devices to access data from a centralized dashboard without knowing exactly where the information is stored. This approach also makes system backups and data transfers more straightforward.