The simplest explanation for virtualization is the ability to run a computer within another computer. The benefits this provides are almost limitless but most importantly it gives you the ability to completely separate your hardware from your software.
Why is separating your hardware from your software so important? Before virtualization it would take hours and possibly days or weeks to restore a server or computer if it crashed. You would have to reinstall the operating system and the programs, apply all of the security patches and change the systems setting and then restore the data. With virtualization this entire process can be done in a matter of seconds and from almost anywhere in the world.
Another very important aspect of virtualization is the ability to access your software from hardware that is not compatible or powerful enough to run your software. For example, from a smart phone it is possible to access and use a video editing program that requires a very expensive and powerful computer to run. Virtualization can also extend the life of your current IT infrastructure by 5 to 10 years.
The Lehman Consulting Firm has been using virtualization technology to separate its hardware from its software since 2005. In that time we virtualized servers, desktops, firewalls, and even entire networks. If you would like to learn more about what virtualization can do for your organization please contact us today for more details.