Virtualisation means to create a virtual or simulated computer resource such as a file, server, network, desktop with the main objective of managing workloads by transforming traditional computing to make it more scalable. Most computers have only one operating system however virtualisation means you can run several operating systems at the same time. An example of this is when VMware Workstation is installed on a Windows computer, this means it can run Linux within the Windows interface. When another operating system (OS) is running on top of the main system, it is called a "virtual machine." This is because it acts like a typical computer but is actually running on top of another operating system.
Another type of virtualisation, which is how many people would encounter it but perhaps not know about it, is when you allow another person access to your computer from another location, this is commonly known as remote access. This is something GNC Technology Ltd do regularly for our clients who have an IT Managed Services support contract with us and is very simple and straightforward.
A well implemented virtualisation solution can help businesses to reduce costs, add flexibility to their IT environment and improve remote working capabilities. Virtualisation allows you to run multiple servers or workstations on a single physical device, flexibility is increased as new servers or workstations can be deployed very quickly without the need to order new hardware.
Microsoft’s Hyper V and ESXi from VMWare are the market leaders in virtualisation solutions, our engineers have a great deal of experience in designing, implementing and supporting virtualised environments built on both of these technologies. Do give us a call on 0333 241 2544 for further details.