As Cloud Hosting continues to take the tech landscape by storm, users are getting exposed to a whole new array of theories, concepts, and practices. While some of them have come into existence only in the wake of new-gen technologies, some have been in use for decades, but only redefined and improvised to suit the needs and understanding of millennial consumers. The concept of ‘Virtualization’ is one of them. It is essential to know that this practice is not all new. Back in the 1960s, in the days of mainframe computers, virtualization was used to handle multiple users for a single machine. But it was not widely adopted then. Later, by the second decade of the new millennium, as Cloud Hosting service became a popular practice across business and individual entities, virtualization turned out to be a key tool.
What does it do?
In simpler words, this technique uses a ‘virtual version’ of your main computing system and all its resources. It helps you isolate the physical resources of your server into smaller parts. Each of such smaller, virtual versions of your main system can run on a common virtual server, and yet remain independent of each other.
How does it help?
With virtualization and its variations, you can maximize your machine’s performance by distributing its tasks across different user environments while you run multiple tasks across the same server. This radically reduces your hardware usage and thus the related costs.
Here are a few other advantages of virtualization for cloud-hosted websites:
When dealing with physical resources, there is always a high risk of system failure or damages caused by external factors (fire, theft, earthquake, etc.). Such unpredictable situations can cause a major loss to your business data. With virtualization, however, you can avoid such risks. Since all resources have multiple versions and can be accessed virtually, you can always rely on the backup if one fails, and that too from anywhere or at any time.
Site security is a perpetual concern for all site owners. With virtualization, cloud hosted websites can avail of better security measures. The virtual firewalls used therein help protect your data from risks of data theft, viruses, hacking etc.
As per the conventional practice, using separate servers for your individual hardware resources would turn out to be cost-consuming. With virtualization, because all data is stored and managed on virtual servers, there is no need or investment in physical hardware. You can pay as much space you use and thus spend for the exact resource/s that you are using. This helps save cost, reduces unnecessary e-waste, making your hosting service more productive.
Since virtualization allows you to run multiple applications on the same set of resources, you can easily create multiple environments, each supporting an operating system. Thus you will also be able to use legacy apps and migrate data and tools easily, thus saving time, efforts, and unwanted hassle and boosting operational efficiency and flexibility.
To sum up
While the idea is great, you also need the right support to implement the idea. Research well, ask experts and find a reliable Cloud Hosting Service provider so you can make the most of this efficient technology.