Date Added: Jan 2011
Virtualization is not new. Most businesses have heard about it and the rate of adoption has been growing rapidly for years. In fact, analysts predict the adoption rate of virtualization among small to medium-sized businesses will double in the next two years, making virtualization technology relatively mainstream. There are different types of virtualization: server, desktop, data, operating system, and storage levels. The term "Virtualization" usually refers to server virtualization, which is dividing a single physical server into multiple virtual servers, each running its own operating system and associated workload. Since different virtual machines can run different operating systems and multiple applications, they allow for a more efficient use of existing software and hardware resources.