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Virtualization allows you user to run multiple virtual machines on one physical machine, sharing the resources of that single computer across multiple environments.

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Different virtual machines can run different operating systems and multiple applications on the same physical computer.

Here are some of the benefits of Machine Virtualization

  • Less physical servers, reducing hardware purchasing and maintenance costs. 
  • By dedicating a "virtual server" to each application you prevent one application from impacting another when changes or upgrades are made.
  • You can run multiple operating systems on one hardware platform (e.g. Windows Server 2008, Linux, Windows, etc.)
  • Capabilities such as live migration, fault tolerance, increased availability, and resource scheduling.

Virtualization allows Austin Computer Guys to offer centralized monitoring and maintenance where we can watch and manage your servers from a central console. This saves us time and money on the software needed for multiple machines, which saves you money while not having to compromise.

Virtualization also paves a smooth road for future upgrades as you expand. As hardware gets old and unsupported by your software, simply move the virtual machine to the new server host.

Using multiple host servers with shared storage you will have the ability to use fail-over, redundancy, load balancing, and clustering of your virtual machines.