The term ‘virtualisation’ sounds complicated and vaguely futuristic, which can be intimidating if you don’t have a lot of IT experience. In reality, virtualisation is a fairly simple concept that can help to greatly improve the efficiency of a business’s IT system. It might be able to help you make the most of the hardware at your disposal. In today’s blog, we’ll explain what virtualisation is and how it works. We’ll also examine its advantages and limitations in detail, so you can decide if it’s the right IT solution for you.

What is virtualisation?

As its name suggests, virtualisation involves creating a virtual system that replaces or emulates a physical one. In IT, this means building a digital system that negates the need for hardware. For example, virtualisation can be used to create a digital server inside the server hardware you already have so you don’t have to add extra hardware. It can also be used to create separate desktops and other basic systems inside your existing computers, so you don’t have to add extra computers if you want to use radically different systems.

Virtualisation works because servers and other pieces of hardware often run at a fraction of their actual capacity. Under normal circumstances, some functions and systems are mutually exclusive. A server, hard-drive or other piece of hardware can only be used to run systems or functions that aren’t mutually exclusive. By building a virtual ‘machine’ inside your existing hardware, virtualisation allows you to overcome this limitation. It enables you to run systems that would normally be incompatible on the same piece of physical hardware by using its left-over processing and storage capacity.

What are the advantages?

The main advantage of virtualisation is that it allows you to add applications, server functions, storage and other features to your IT system without investing in extra hardware, which can be expensive and difficult to maintain. Of course, virtualisation is limited by the available capacity of your existing hardware. If you already use most of your hardware’s data capacity, the extent to which virtualisation can help you is limited. However, if you don’t, virtualisation could revolutionise your IT system.

Here at Nimbus CS, we don’t just carry out routine IT support: we can also virtualise your IT system to make it more efficient. If you want to avoid adding bulky hardware to your system while improving its performance and versatility, get in touch with us today.

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