Whether they know it or not, almost everyone has used virtualization. Here's an example:

Desktop computers and laptops have physical keyboards. When you type on them, your fingers actually depress keys. But if you've ever sent a text message or email from your smartphone, you probably did not depress any keys at all. That's because there's no physical keyboard on your phone; you type on an image of a keyboard that's displayed on the phone's screen. But even though the keys aren't "real," you can use them to type just as if they were. A software representation that you can use as if it were physically present is what virtualization is all about.

Enhance Your Business

Most major enterprises have gone virtual in some capacity — and small and medium-sized businesses are realizing they need to follow suit. Virtualization allows a number of different users to access what seems like their own individual computer system, even though they are all actually connected to a single server. That one server runs multiple "virtual machines," each appearing to have its own operating system, application programs, memory and disk storage. Although all those resources actually reside physically in a common pool on the server, they are perceived by users as being separate from those of other users.

Choose Virtualization Software

A layer of virtualization software, such as VMware or Hyper-V, stands between the server hardware and attached workstations. This software, often called a hypervisor or virtual machine monitor (VMM), makes it appear to each end user that his or her workstation is the only one connected to the server, even though there may be dozens of others linked in at the same time.

Promote Efficiency

Virtualization helps your business increase its efficiency by providing the following:

  • simple disaster recovery with no downtime
  • increased IT productivity
  • immediate access to applications and data
  • lack of dependency on hardware or specific locations
  • the capability for transitioning to cloud computing and mobility
  • quicker server provisioning

Save Money

Many small and medium-sized companies are now using virtualization as an important tool for reducing their IT costs while simultaneously providing superior computer services for their workers. If you have less servers, naturally you will have reduced hardware repairs, application upgrades, configuration alterations, patch applications and other costly IT-management tasks.

Go Green

Most businesses want to do everything they can to reduce their carbon footprint. Not only do customers like to do business with earth-friendly enterprises, companies are motivated by the cost savings that go hand in hand with reducing energy usage. You'll be happy to know that using virtual machines and consolidating them onto fewer physical servers means reduced monthly power and cooling costs.

Clearly, virtualization is ideal because it allows businesses to give multiple employees access to all the resources of a central, well-equipped and secure computer system while saving the expense of having to replicate those features for each user.

If you'd like to know more about how virtualization can benefit your business, contact TelWare at 1-800-637-3148 or TelWare is a national leader in the installation of voice, video, data and unified communications solutions. TelWare is an authorized Avaya, Star2Star, SimpleWAN and 3CX dealer.

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