Virtualization Technology & BIOS – When A Minute is Too Long to Wait for

Virtualization is fairly new field in the IT industry.  Virtualization technology has been around for quite some time but only now has it been widely accepted by the public. The technology has been adopted not just by individual users but also by large organizations and enterprises that have massive IT infrastructure. 

It is important to note however that virtualization is not just a simple applications solution.  It is a comprehensive approach to modern computer architecture and IT environments.  It can redefine several established IT protocols and practices.  And most importantly, it can bring numerous benefits especially to big companies that need effective and efficient IT systems.

That is why it is very important for companies to understand that virtualization involves the creation of specific IT strategy.  This virtualization strategy can guide them in the implementation of new solutions and how they could effectively manage their new IT environments.

A solid virtualization strategy typically involves three major components.  These components are critical to success of the entire virtual system of companies.  Correctly defining the components and deploying the right technology is essential to the success of virtualization strategy.

The first consideration in developing a strategy is the platform.  How companies achieve interoperability and cross platform functionalities is critical in strategy development.  The second component of strategy is management.  Companies need to define how they will manage hundreds of virtual machines that can be accommodated by a single server.  And finally, companies must decide which applications will be useful for them.  Creating unnecessary virtual applications and systems will not help companies achieve IT systems efficiency.

BIOS is an acronym short for Basic Input/Output system. Whenever a computer is powered on, BIOS–embedded in the computer’s microprocessor–is triggered to run. As the name implies, BIOS overlooks the flow of data that comes in and out of the computer and its peripheral devices, such as the mouse and keyboard. Simply put, BIOS gears a computer up, similar to an athlete doing warm-up exercises before running a marathon. It’s an essential part of the computer. In fact, it’s so essential that computers can be bought without pre-installed operating systems, but not without pre-installed BIOS.

Given how integral BIOS is, it comes as no surprise that software developers have ventured into integrating BIOS with capabilities for virtualization. One such developer is Phoenix Technologies. According to Phoenix, making BIOS capable for virtualization will enable users to perform common tasks such as reading emails and surfing the web (tasks requiring operating systems or OS) without logging in to the OS. This is perfect for on-the-go users for whom time is of the essence. Indeed, in this fast-paced world, waiting for a computer to boot up the OS may be too long in some scenarios.

However, questions of maintaining security have come up. After all, operating systems are equipped with sophisticated security checks to and patches to make sure their users are protected from viruses, worms, Trojans, and other security threads. Fortunately, Phoenix Technologies assures that security will not be an issue even with virtualized BIOS. Pre-boot security systems will be put in place to ensure that nothing is compromised.