If you work in the IT world, you will hear the word “virtualization” a lot. At Syneto, we mean to simplify IT and we do so with the help of our products. But we also want to make sure our vocabulary is simple and easy to understand. This article is meant to explain a concept that we use very often: what is virtualization?
Virtualization refers to the act of creating a virtual (instead of physical) version of a resource. This resource can be: a server, desktop, an operating system, file, storage or network.
In other words, thanks to virtualization, software is made to look and behave like hardware. This offers the end-user benefits in terms of flexibility, cost, scalability, reliability etc.
Virtualization is an integrated part of modern IT infrastructure. It has reshaped the world of IT infrastructure, as it is a vital element of modern software-defined infrastructure, including hyperconverged solutions.
Thanks to virtualization, physical resources can be turned into virtual resources. This allows the creations of “virtual machines” (also referred to as “applications”) to run on the same hardware. As a very basic example, this allows the user to put both a Windows OS and a Linux OS on the same hardware. The same principle applies to all applications that modern-day businesses use: accounting software, design software, e-mail software, databases etc.
Virtualization is one of the main “ingredients” involved in our modern hyperconverged solutions. The Syneto HYPERSeries product range uses SynetoOS, our custom-built OS, which allows our customers to easily manage and protect all their data – both files and applications/VMs.