VMware brought server virtualization to the IT market mainstream but what is VMware? It is a virtualization and cloud computing software that changes the way we run server workloads by distributing the work of a given virtual server across multiple physical hosts. It also enables each physical host to run multiple virtual server instances.
Limitations of Physical Servers
Your company may have servers for storing files, database servers for processing queries, mail servers, etc. Even small companies typically end up needing multiple servers.
Purchasing and installing all these physical servers can be a great hassle as well as expense. And it’s also exactly where VMware can help. Rather than relying on multiple servers to manage and execute multiple tasks, VMware lets you pool them all together on a single machine.
Instead of purchasing multiple physical servers, pool the resources of a smaller number of physical servers or hosts and use VMware to set up the virtual servers. From that resource pool, you can manage and access all applications set up across your entire network from a single, unified platform.
Limitless Abilities of Virtualization
Think of VMware as a type of master control center that allows you to virtually establish, manage and use the entire slate of servers your business requires. Each virtual machine, or VM, is a self-contained software unit equipped with its own operating system and applications. Each VM is fully independent, and you can pick and choose as many VMs as you need to use at any given time, all managed from your single “host” environment.
VMware is a ‘hypervisor’, which is a layer of software you install onto your host computer or computers. The hypervisor layer ensures each VM is separated from the host while automatically providing whatever computing resources each VM needs to perform the tasks it’s designed to perform.
Virtual Machine Properties and Benefits
Virtual machines allow you to consolidate your servers, which can increase efficiency while saving time, money and resources. These benefits come from their ability to:
- Run multiple operating systems on a single physical machine
- Allocate system resources among many virtual machines
- Provide stalwart security for each VM
- Ensure each VM is running at optimum performance levels through advanced resource control
- Save the entire state of any VM to files
- Easily move and copy VMs as needed, even to another physical server if required or desired.
Server Virtualization and Veeam
Whether your company is looking to incorporate server virtualization, network virtualization or storage virtualization, VMware is a prime place to start your search and Veeam Backup & Replication the perfect partner for VMWare backup. As a Veeam Cloud Provider, we would be delighted to answer any questions you have like , “What is VMware?” and “How can a Veeam solution benefit my data security and disaster recovery planning initiatives?”.