Virtualisation is becoming a huge trend for IT companies across the globe. Being able to manage all of your administrative tasks from one centralised virtual server is scalable, efficient and money saving – but your ROI will really depend on a number of things. First of all, you should take a look at this virtualisation calculator and read the following about different types of virtualisation:
This type of virtualisation is a ‘kind of’ hardware virtualisation. With a normal desktop, you interact using a mouse and keyboard that directly inputs into the physical desktop infront of you. With a virtual desktop, the desktop is hosted on a server elsewhere and your interactions are made across the internet or LAN. This type of virtualisation is incredibly useful for IT support companies where a remote desktop is made available through virtualisation.
You may have heard of an IT company that is heavily adopting virtualisation or ‘cloud computing’. That company is called Google and their new Google Chromebook is almost entirely virtual. All of the software or ‘apps’ that you use on a Chromebook are actually being hosted on a server elsewhere and you are accessing them through the internet. Software virtualisation has serious benefits although the security and viability of this has been criticised.