The word “virtual” is thrown around a lot these days, especially when it comes to computing. But what does it really mean and how can it work for you? Virtual private servers, such as TekTonic VPS
, are helping businesses both large and small in ways that weren’t even imagined not very long ago. However, before you can decide which of these services is right for your business, it helps to have some idea of what everybody’s talking about.
So what exactly is server virtualization and how did it come about? It actually starts with a physical server. A single physical server takes up a lot of floor space and also generates heat. Because physical servers traditionally only use a small percentage of their total processing capability, there is a lot of space going to waste.
Server virtualization is the process through which that previously unused space on a physical machine is separated into two or more “virtual” servers. These virtual servers behave the same way as a separate, individual physical server would – only it’s not taking up any additional physical space. These virtual servers can run their own, independent operating systems. The economic use of space is an obvious advantage.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Servers aren’t the only thing going virtual. Simply put, desktop virtualization or, VDI, is a desktop operating system hosted on a centralized server. A popular type of VDI, VMware VDI is considered by many in the industry to be the standard for virtualization platforms. With VDI, users can enjoy “anywhere access” on network computers (also known as “thin client machines”). VDI has the great advantage that changes can be made both instantly and globally – a definite plus for businesses and organizations.
The Cloud, Public and Private
No discussion of virtual computing is complete without mention of the cloud. Those who are familiar with cloud computing know that the cloud is basically just where your apps, information and files are stored. And not only can the cloud be physical, virtual or both, but it can also be public or private. A good example of a public cloud is a social media network. This type of network is used for things like media storage, email and other types of communication. Private clouds are very similar, with the only difference being that instead of the public using the cloud, the cloud is only used by one company or organization.
The above systems are just a hint at what’s to come in the world of virtual computing but each has a distinct place in today’s business environment.