What is Server Virtualization?

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

Server virtualization definition

Server virtualization 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 virtualization?

Server virtualization enables more efficient use of IT resources than was previously possible. Before server virtualization, it was common to have under and over-utilized hardware in the same data center. With virtualization 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 virtualization is the basis for cloud computing, and hybrid IT.

HPE server virtualization products and services

HPE offers you an extensive, adaptable portfolio of server virtualization and storage virtualization solutions. Partnering with HPE for server virtualization 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 virtualization 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 virtualization

Talk to an HPE server and storage virtualization expert and learn how you can realize the benefits of greater application agility, reliability, and scalability.

Resources

Blog Post : Server Virtualization 101

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Blog Post

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

Blog Post : 5 Server Virtualization Benefits

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