Harnessing the Power of Virtual Machines

Harnessing the Power of Virtual Machines

As a small or medium business owner, there are millions of things you may need to take care of by yourself. The last thing you want to do is spend endless money and hours looking for the proper computer equipment and setting up for several services that you need to get business running. Some programs may be only available on certain operating systems.

Virtual machines can be your solution. What is a virtual machine though and how can it be useful for small or medium businesses? Virtual machine is a virtualized environment that acts like a separate computer system and emulates a different operating system. Initially, virtual machines were designed for testing in software development without needing to buy extra hardware.

Nowadays, small or medium businesses like to host several programs and services in house, such as accounting software, shared-storage server, web server, networking service, and other in-house applications. Virtual machines are a good way to help manage this need and lower the IT costs in general. Instead of purchasing many computers and making them carry out one task, one computer with good specs is all it takes.

Advantages:

  • You can have multiple systems on one computer.
  • Lower IT costs – by having less equipment and hardware, the maintenance costs can be reduced.
  • Customization and flexibility – You customize your virtual machine as much as you need because it is just a virtualized environment which can be totally isolated from the physical host machine. If something goes wrong, you can always create another virtual machine.

 

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