In order to keep up with the latest industry trends, businesses are turning to technology management solutions that help them better leverage their assets to garner leads and optimize operations. One such technology is virtualization, which improves access to desktop infrastructures and data stored on virtual servers. In fact, you can even use virtualization to make your applications much more accessible and flexible.

If you’re not entirely familiar with the virtualization process, Gartner’s IT glossary provides a good definition:

Virtualization is the abstraction of IT resources that masks the physical nature and boundaries of those resources from resource users. An IT resource can be a server, a client, storage, networks, applications or OSs. Essentially, any IT building block can potentially be abstracted from resource users.

In more basic terms, virtualization splits a resource from the hardware or software it’s applied to. For example, you can use multiple operating systems on a virtual server, which transcends the limitations of the hardware components most ordinary businesses would use. One other example is using virtual desktops, which entails calling a desktop image through a virtual environment rather than using one installed on the workstation.

By virtualizing your applications, you can take advantage of these three key benefits:

  • Application Isolation: As previously mentioned, virtualization allows multiple different applications to exist on the same server within their own controlled environments. This helps older applications and legacy software that might require a specific operating system to run alongside more modern applications in the same environment.
  • Application Availability and Independence: When applications are virtualized, their lifespans are significantly increased. By allowing these programs to run on more recent operating systems, you’re giving yourself more time to integrate better, more recent solutions that are more reliable. This prevents your business from experiencing the troubles associated with losing access to a necessary application.
  • Reduced Expenses: The greatest benefit of application virtualization is that you’re saving a ton of cash. Many businesses run several dedicated servers specifically because they run applications which aren’t compatible with newer operating systems. And, of course, servers are energy hogs that inflate your electricity bill to obscene heights. By separating these applications from their respective servers, you’re able to consolidate your infrastructure easily. This means you’re using less electricity, which lets you use that money somewhere more important.

Want a great way to increase accessibility to your mission-critical applications? Look no further. Give ExcalTech a call at (877) 638-5464 for more information about application virtualization.

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