Virtualization and Microsoft Server 2008 – Onsite Explanation

July 2, 2008

Yesterday, during a demo of Microsoft Server 2008, an Onsite Computer client asked for an explanation of ‘virtualization‘ as it applies to computers.  The term ‘virtualization’ and computers has been used since the 1960s.  Most are familiar with terms like ‘virtual memory’, ‘v-lan’ (virtual lan), or VPN (virtual private network).  Virtualization is a broad term which refers to the hiding of computing resources from end users and applications.  Virtualization is used in many contexts and can refer to a single resourceacting as multiple virtual resources, or multiple resources acting as a single virtual resource.  For the purpose of this post we’ll concentrate on the concept of virtual servers (i.e. a single server acting as several virtual servers) as it applies to Microsoft Server 2008.

The most commonly cited benefit of virtualization is cost reduction (i.e. combining several servers into one server); however saving money is a small part of the value of virtualization.  The promise of virtualization is that you can make pools of dynamic resources with unlimited capacity available to users anywhere at anytime.  virtualization supercharges your IT engine with more power, speed, and flexibility.  However, the more you virtualize, the more essential management of the virtualization becomes.  Management is the key to successful virtualization.

Microsoft’s virtualization products address customer needs from the data center to the desktop.  One of the key features of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is enterprise quality virtualization for the data center.  Can your business benefit from IT cost reductions from virtualization with Server 2008?  Contact Onsite today for an evaluation of your business needs and if virtualization can benefit your business IT ooperation.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

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This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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