What Is Server Virtualisation?

Server virtualisation abstracts server software from hardware on a guest/host basis, enabling multiple virtual servers to run on a physical device.

Server Virtualisation Definition

Server virtualisation is a software architecture that allows more than one server operating system to run as a guest on a given physical server host. With the server software abstracted away from the physical machine in this way, the server becomes a "virtual machine," detached from the physical plane — though the server "thinks" it is running exclusively on the compute and memory resources.  It’s actually running on a virtual imitation of the server hardware.

Why Server Virtualisation?

Server virtualisation enables more efficient use of IT resources than was previously possible. Before server virtualisation, it was common to have under and over-utilised hardware in the same data centre. With virtualisation one can move workloads between virtual machines according to load. The same physical server can also run multiple server operating systems and configurations, further increasing efficiency. Server virtualisation is the basis for cloud computing, and hybrid IT.

HPE Server Virtualisation Products and Services

HPE offers you an extensive, adaptable portfolio of server virtualisation and storage virtualisation solutions. Partnering with HPE for server virtualisation means you get fast deployment, performance at scale, efficient use of server and storage resources as well as the ability to deliver high availability. When you combine HPE server virtualisation with an HPE storage platform, you can increase the agility, reliability, and scalability of your Tier-1 and mission critical applications.

Learn More: HPE Server Virtualisation

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Resources for Server Virtualisation

Blog Post : Server Virtualisation 101

Blog Post

Today’s blog starts with the very basics of server virtualisation and explores virtualisation features and solutions from Microsoft and HPE.

Blog Post : 5 Server Virtualisation Benefits

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We will dive deeper into how server virtualisation benefits SMBs by looking at 5 benefits of virtualisation.