Like most companies, you’re probably finding it hard to keep pace with new and evolving technologies. Likely, you’re facing new IT challenges as your business evolves and are being forced to be nimble as you navigate to keep pace with changing business needs. Likely your employees, contractors and partners are demanding more responsive service and modern applications. And, most likely your IT infrastructure is becoming more complex as you try to keep pace with growing demands.
The answer? Virtualization. We’re sure you’ve heard the term before, but what does it mean? Is it something all businesses should consider? How does it work and what are the benefits? Let’s start with the basics.
What is Virtualization?
Virtualization is the process of creating a software-based, or virtual representation of something such as a virtual application, server or network. It can help address your most pressing technology challenges and create significant cost savings through reduced hardware and streamlined maintenance.
From the user’s perspective, the application works and interacts like it’s native on the device.
How Does Virtualization Work?
In virtualizing a Windows application, you essentially wrap it in a 'bubble' or virtual structure. The creation of this virtual structure takes place natively on the end users’ device where all application processes are executed, however the separation between the application and the operating system retains itself.
The virtual structure that is created is a blueprint of the applications traditional installation footprint in that it contains all the files, folders, registry keys and registry values that the application installs or creates. The structure evolves as the application is used in the context of object modifications.
These changes are written directly into the virtual structure on the client device, with the exception of any locations that are configured to be excluded.
Virtualizing your environment can increase IT agility, flexibility and scalability while creating significant cost savings. Here’s a summary of the other benefits:
- Simplified management
- Minimized or eliminated downtime
- Increased IT productivity, efficiency and responsiveness
- Faster provisioning of applications and resources
- Improved business continuity
- Increased security
Does virtualization sound like something your company should pursue? Then download our eBook and see why virtualization is becoming an attractive alternative for companies looking to boost their business agility as they simplify IT operations, improve business continuity, and minimize risks.
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