What Is IT Virtualization?

Virtualization is a powerful IT service that optimizes your physical server by creating multiple virtual machines. Learn more about how it works from Meriplex.


January 24, 2024

Virtual IT Infrastructure

Virtualization is a transformative technology that enhances the efficiency and flexibility of IT infrastructure by creating virtual versions of physical hardware. With virtualization, multiple virtual machines (VMs) can operate independently on a single physical server. Each VM operates with its own operating system (OS) and mimics the functionality of an individual computing environment.

Virtualization is a revolutionary solution for businesses. Its benefits include significant cost savings, increased productivity, and improved disaster recovery capabilities, among others. By reducing the need for additional physical hardware, virtualization allows businesses to shrink their footprint and resource consumption while optimizing resource utilization, software development, testing, and more. 

How Virtualization Works

At its core, virtualization involves creating a virtual, software-based abstraction layer over physical computing hardware. This abstracting allows the hardware components of a single computer (processors, memory, and storage) to be partitioned into multiple VMs. 

Each VM operates as an independent entity, running its own operating system and applications. While VMs share the host machine, or physical space, they operate as guest machines. Each guest machine is managed by a hypervisor, which allocates the proper resources to every VM.

Benefits of Virtualization

With decreased physical components and space, virtualization offers many advantages over traditional physical machines.

Multiple Testing Environments

Virtualization allows organizations to create multiple testing environments without the need for additional hardware. Diverse computing environments enable cost-effective development and testing of software applications. 

Virtual Machines allow companies to replicate specific configurations, operating systems, and network setups—all without the need for additional hardware components. The VMs remain isolated from one another to ensure thorough, reliable testing in a given environment. Such flexibility is invaluable for a fast-paced development cycle and can accelerate the release of development and updates.

Faster Deployment

Traditional deployment methods with physical hardware procurement and setup can take days or weeks. With virtualization, organizations can clone or create VMs in a matter of minutes.

Virtualization allows businesses to roll out new applications, scale resources, and recover from failures quicker than ever before. With the time savings you get from virtualization, your business will reach new levels of agility that simply were not possible before.

Increased Productivity

Virtualization simplifies IT management tasks and makes everything more efficient. Instead of spending time on manual maintenance, many tasks like provisioning new servers or adjusting resource allocations are automated. When your IT workforce spends less time on maintaining physical hardware, they’ll have more time to work on projects that will position your company for growth.

Stronger Resiliency

In traditional environments, the failure of a server can result in significant downtime and disruption. Virtualization increases resiliency by isolating each VM from the others. When a VM crash occurs, that failure is specific to the disrupted VM; the other VMs are not impacted. Isolation prevents problems from spreading to other VMS or critical systems.

Virtualization also improves security. Security breaches with one Higher availability and improved stability in the IT environment enable companies to allocate resources away from maintenance and toward development and growth. 

Lower Costs

By consolidating servers and optimizing resource allocation, virtualization significantly reduces hardware requirements and associated expenses. With physical servers, organizations will often need to overprovision resources to ensure peak performance during peak usage periods. Virtualization eliminates this inefficiency by allowing resources to be allocated dynamically based on actual needs. With lower hardware and operational costs, virtualization enables more cost-effective IT operations.

Simplified Data Backup and Recovery

Virtual Machines can be quickly cloned and moved between physical servers, enabling swift data recovery in the event of hardware failures or disasters. In a 24/7 business landscape, companies need the agility that comes with minimal data loss and downtime.

Virtualization allows organizations to maintain stringent recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) without the complexity and cost of traditional recovery methods. Simplified data backup and disaster recovery also lead to increased data protection and business continuity. 

Types of Virtualization

Virtualization is a broad concept that encompasses various types to meet specific IT needs. Here are some key types of virtualization.

Server Virtualization

Server virtualization involves dividing a physical server into multiple VMs, each running its own OS. A single physical server can house several virtual servers that all run independently of the others. Server virtualization optimizes server utilization, reduces hardware costs, and simplifies management.

Meriplex specializes in server virtualization solutions. Learn how we can increase your agility and boost your growth.

Network Virtualization

Network virtualization abstracts network resources from physical infrastructure. It enables the creation of virtual networks that operate independently. Network virtualization is foundational to software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), which all allow for enhanced agility and scalability.

Desktop Virtualization

Desktop virtualization allows multiple users to access individual desktop environments hosted on a centralized server. Users can connect to their virtual desktops from remote devices. Desktop virtualization simplifies desktop management, enhances security, and increases flexibility and mobility.

Storage Virtualization

Storage virtualization gathers physical storage assets from various devices into a single, manageable pool. This centralized storage simplifies data management, improves utilization, and enhances data protection. Storage virtualization is crucial for scalable and resilient storage infrastructure.

Application Virtualization

Application virtualization decouples applications from the underlying OS, allowing them to run in isolated environments. Isolation enhances compatibility, security, and flexibility. When organizations virtualize their applications, they enjoy simplified application deployment, updates, and maintenance.

Implementing Virtualization with Meriplex

Meriplex specializes in virtualization solutions. As your trusted partner, we can guide you through the implementation of virtualization to your organization’s full potential. 

Our virtualization experts will collaborate with you to develop a comprehensive strategy that’s tailored to your company’s needs. We’ll assess your current infrastructure, identify opportunities, and define clear objectives.

Meriplex handles all aspects of virtualization deployment, from authentication and configuration to ongoing support. Our team ensures seamless integration of virtualized resources into your IT environment, and we can handle all of your support needs. 

Virtualization is an incredible advantage for most organizations. If you are interested in increasing your efficiency, minimizing your downtime, and streamlining your IT operations, get in touch with Meriplex. We’re here to construct a virtual environment that will enable your business to thrive and grow like never before.