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Virtualisation – here’s a definition. The act of creating a virtual version of physical entities such as servers, operating systems, storage devices, and computer networks.

Smart.

In essence it’s a piece of software that allows stuff to be divided into separate operations. The reason? To create individual resources. Discrete resources. Swappable resources.

Why? Because it stops a component failure becoming a system failure. Resilience.

Let’s give you a real life scenario…

Imagine you start work on a Monday morning ready to rock and roll for the week ahead. Suddenly your computer doesn’t load up for whatever reason. You try rebooting by hitting F11. Nothing! You call your IT support department. Nada! This is where virtualisation comes to the rescue – a computing Kevin Costner.

Because you’ve two operating systems on your machine, both Windows 7, and your Mac OS, even though one has failed the other still works. You’ve split the risk. And because you’ve split the risk one failure won’t take you down completely. Virtualisation has left you as weak as your strongest (still working) part.

And that’s why so many organisations are now turning to virtualisation – centralising network management without spending cash on addition hardware or software.

Time you took a closer look at virtualisation?

Plenty of people are.

And in recent years a whole load of businesses have started adopting virtualisation. They save money by limiting hardware usage, deploy faster in the event of a physical server crash, and use it to backup data or the virtual machine itself.

The consensus among IT experts seems to be that benefits of virtualisation are many – the ability to test multiple operating systems or applications on a single server for example. Much more useful than being forced to test on a machine constrained by very set and very narrow soft and hardware limitations.

There are other benefits of virtualisation – it allows you to maximise resources, to integrate I.T. budgeting and to bring in management and admin costs under the same umbrella.

Virtualisation – layers of technical limitation and administrative  bureaucracy removed at a stroke.

But hang on, we already use cloud computing

In which case you already appreciate and most likely benefit from the concept of virtualisation; cloud computing relying upon virtualised technology. In the family of technologies, virtualisation is the daddy. Cloud computing the son.

It’s virtualisation’s software manipulation of hardware and its compartmentalised, integrated/modular approach that enables cloud computing to exist at all.  Cloud computing a consequence virtualisation that  enables shared software or data. Sure they have their fair share of differences but their fair share of essential similarities too.

So where to turn to for the best virtualisation advice?

You could do far worse than turning in this direction. We’ve an excellent track record of migrating organisations, small and large, into the world of virtualisation. And at the risk of sounding a little arrogant… we’re very good at it.  

Questions of virtualisation? Talk to us. As Manchester’s best rated I.T. solutions provider we’ll be sure to give you the best guidance.