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Server Virtualization

Server Virtualization

Dedicated teams in business are becoming more agile — and so are the machines that those organizations rely on to do their calculations. In the past, a single machine — or server — would host just one particular application, operating system, and associated files. For a long time, this approach made sense because when hardware or software issues emerged, they could be traced to a specific machine to rectify them.

Of course, offices, applications, and operating systems have grown more complex over the years. The central processing units (CPUs) that power the computing capabilities of servers have also advanced in complexity. As a result, the old practice of dedicating one server to only one application is no longer necessary. It ends up crowding equipment rooms with servers that employ just a fraction of their processing prowess while still consuming a lot of energy and producing a lot of excess heat.

The answer to this efficiency problem is server virtualization, or in other words, the development of virtual server infrastructure.

Sounding more intricate than it is, server virtualization involves splitting a single physical server into numerous, isolated virtual servers. Despite existing on the same physical server, each virtual server is unique and capable of running its own operating systems independently.

It’s far more efficient and budget-friendly to establish a virtual server infrastructure rather than dedicate a separate server to each major application. Server virtualization also decreases energy usage and makes server setup much more manageable.

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Virtual Server Solutions:

Hyper-V and WMware

Are you looking for a proven way to increase the agility and scalability of your IT without breaking the bank? Imagine an IT infrastructure that’s easier to manage and operate while being less costly than your current model.

Virtualization is a process that facilitates the creation of software-based representations of applications, servers, storage solutions, and networks. It’s single-handedly the most cost-effective way to reduce your IT expenses while your business grows — no matter what size company you’re running.

Preferred virtualization solutions Hyper-V and VMware and Hyper-V are available both on-premise or in the cloud:

What is Hyper-V?
This virtualization solution gives you the power to partition a single server into multiple virtual machines. Without the need for installation or configuration, you can utilize each virtual environment to host hundreds of hardware and software components.

What is VMware?
Designed for large organizations with a data center or cloud-based storage, VMware allows you to:

  • Virtualize workloads
  • Build a personal, private cloud
  • Scale services in a public cloud
  • Create a combination of all three options

What are the 3 Types of Server Virtualization?


Full virtualization requires a hypervisor which is a specialized type of software that directly communicates with a physical server's CPU usage and disk space. Monitoring and allocating the physical server’s resources, the hypervisor keeps each virtual server independent of the other virtual servers. Computing power can be shared across various operating systems with ease without sacrificing efficiency. It’s important to note that hypervisors require a set amount of dedicated server resources to function which limits overall server power.


The main difference between full and para-virtualization is that each OS on the server is aware of all others.

This enables an entire network to work together to manage resources in order to reduce the overall processing power the hypervisor needs to manage multiple operating systems.

The main benefit of this is that physical resources are shared more efficiently than with full virtualization.


The most basic form of server virtualization, OS-level virtualization differs from full and para-virtualization due to its virtualization capability being a part of the physical server’s operating system (OS).

Because there is no hypervisor, the OS is responsible for performing all the tasks normally handled by a hypervisor. In this server virtualization method, all virtual servers must run the same OS.

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