Virtualization products can be categorized into two major divisions: the desktop virtualization solutions and the server virtualization solution. Desktop virtualization includes all components that can be found in a typical desktop or workstation. File systems, hard drives, computer peripherals, programs and applications, and operating systems can now be created virtually. Other useful desktop functionalities such as networking solutions can also be included in this category.
Through virtual desktop, users will be able to maintain two or more guest computers in their workstation. These guest systems can have their own operating systems and network resources which will significantly enhance the usefulness of individual workstation. A typical desktop can accommodate several guests. However, users should always consider the recommended system requirements for virtualization in order to maximize the full benefits and performance of virtual machines.
On the other hand, server side virtualization mainly benefits large enterprises and companies. These companies can create virtual servers thus eliminating the cost for additional IT hardware investments. Their IT personnel can simply create multi layer virtual server systems in order to widen data and information storage. They can also develop multiple sub-systems designed to host multiple workstations that can be used for their daily operation.
Companies will be able to multiply their IT environments without investing so much on hardware requirements. It will certainly boost productivity and efficiency of their IT infrastructure which could lead to increasing profits and faster corporate growth. Through virtualization of corporate IT environments, managers and IT personnel would be able to manage the system more effectively. In this way, downtimes would be reduced thus avoiding lost opportunities due to IT system breakdown.