Prepare to go Virtual

Virtualization is a powerful technology that enables you to reduce and consolidate your physical hardware requirements, improve your network, create agility and scalability for IT, and serve as a foundation for a true software-defined data center.

See how various types of virtualization can work for your organization and industry and learn which VMware products can support your needs.

Types of Virtualization


Server Virtualization

Most servers operate at less than 15 percent of capacity, leading to server sprawl and complexity. Server virtualization addresses these inefficiencies by allowing multiple operating systems to run on a single physical server as virtual machines, each with access to the underlying server's computing resources. But virtualizing one or two servers is just the beginning. The next step is to aggregate a server cluster into a single consolidated resource – which improves overall efficiency and reduces cost. Server virtualization also enables faster workload deployment, increased application performance, and higher availability. Furthermore, as operations get automated, IT becomes simpler to manage and less costly to own and operate.

To get you started on your server virtualization journey, VMware offers vSphere with Operations Management. It will virtualize your x86 server resources and provide critical capacity and performance management capabilities. It is designed for businesses of all sizes to run applications at high service levels and maximize hardware savings through even higher capacity utilization and consolidation ratios.

Network Virtualization

Network virtualization is the complete reproduction of a physical network in software. Applications run on the virtual network exactly the same as if on a physical network. Network virtualization presents logical networking devices and services—logical ports, switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, VPNs and more—to connected workloads. Virtual networks offer the same features and guarantees of a physical network with the operational benefits and hardware independence of virtualization.

VMWare’s NSX virtualization platform delivers for networking the capabilities VMware already provides for compute and storage. By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations.

Software-Defined Storage

Huge data volumes and real-time applications are pushing storage demands to new levels. Storage virtualization abstracts the disks and flash drives inside your servers, combines them into high-performance storage pools, and delivers them as software. Software-defined storage (SDS) is a new approach to storage that enables a fundamentally more efficient operational model.

As the leader in hyper-converged software-defined storage for virtual environments, VMware Virtual SAN applies the principles of VMware's Software-Defined Data Center to storage and offers simplified, policy-based provisioning. It’s integrated with the vSphere web client, so you can easily manage both compute and storage through a single interface.

Desktop Virtualization

Deploying desktops as a managed service gives you the opportunity to respond quicker to changing needs and opportunities. You can reduce costs and increase service by quickly and easily delivering virtualized desktops and applications to branch offices, outsourced and offshore employees and mobile workers on iPad and Android tablets.

VMware desktop solutions, including Horizon, Fusion, and Mirage, are scalable, consistent, fully secure and highly available to ensure maximum uptime and productivity.

Virtualization Across Verticals

A VMware virtual infrastructure can help businesses across all industries optimize their IT resources and deliver high availability.


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