Virtualization is not just for geeks or for those who runs enormously powerful servers. It offers something for everyone, and if you have not already wet your feet in the ocean of virtualization, then you are at serious risk of being left behind.
In its strictest sense, virtualization refers to running two or more operating systems on one physical PC. It may be that multiple operating systems to run alongside each other, with an additional software for management called hypervisor, operating system or run other operating systems within program windows. The first is generally limited to servers, and the second commonly used in desktop computers.
It is also Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which is an entirely different technology. It is where client computers connect to a server and access their own desktop environments, all of which is hosted on the server. Typically, remote desktops appear in the windows of the programs client computers, but mobile devices such as tablets are increasingly used to access desktop virtualization.
For example, Citrix XenDesktop allows hundreds of client computers log on to one server via remote connections. Each user in the VDI environment has their own personal account and, therefore, your personal workspace and applications.
Take advantage of MadeIT robust infrastructure to host as many or as few virtual desktops as you want. Our VDI solution seamlessly integrates with our other Virtual Infrastructure offerings such as Hosted Exchange, SharePoint, Active Directory, Lync and much more. The scalability is limitless.
Some of the important things that you can do with the Virtualization technologies:
Run Legacy Applications
Do you have an application that does not work well in Windows 10 or Window 8, but Windows 7 or an earlier version of Windows? Simply take an old Windows CD and install it on a virtual machine. Then install your application.
Access to Virus Infected Data
Have you ever sent a file that your antivirus program has detected virus program, but contains important data? Most virtualization software includes a snapshot functionality, which means you can create a “saved state” of the virtual operating system and your entire hard disk. So, you can revert to the original state whenever you want. You can create a snapshot on the virtual machine, open the infected file inside the virtual machine to access the data and if the virus causes chaos, just click to restore the snapshot of the VM.
Test Software and Updates
The virus treatment is not limited to malware. You can use your virtual computer to test new software, upgrades, or new software configurations before you deploy in your main operating system. Some VDI admin uses virtualization to create a copy of the operating system of an existing installation, plus your data, which then run to see if the configurations change or if the updates cause any damage.
If you operate thick client computers and want to be sure a Windows update before deploying it is fine, could do the same – just try it first on a virtualized machine.
Run Any Operating System
Want to give a try to Linux, but do not want to repartition your Windows operating system hard drive of your computer? Whenever you usually install on your computer, you can run almost any operating system in a virtual machine, including most Linux distributions.
If you run a Linux machine or webmail services, you can have a desktop version of Linux for occasional use, and it will also make easier communication with the server.
Create Backup of Your OS
Because the virtual operating system is contained in its entirety within a series of files, taking backup of your OS is as simple as any other file support. The same applies to virtualized server installations.
If you are running a virtual machine on a server to host the mail server and is felled by an attack by a hacker, operating all over again is as simple as restore files from backup.
Create Your Personal Cloud
If you are out of the office, no need to take your laptop with you. Just leave it running (with saving power off), take the mobile phone or tablet computer, access to the laptop via a Remote Protocol (RDP) Desktop over the Internet. This will allow you to access the same desktop environment to which it is used.
Run Web Development
VDI software allows the virtual machine to run without displaying a desktop (or other user interfaces). Mostly, the virtual PC is running in the background, while acknowledging all other connections, such as networks. For people who create websites, this offers you the ability to run their own private web server for testing.
Backup Your Server
You can create regular backups of existing server installations that could provide vital redundancy if a catastrophe occurs in the active server.
Accessibility is imperative to a corporate environment. You can connect your offices to your VDI environment using a VPN, MPLS, or a direct connection. Multiple Internet carriers keep the connection live despite any provider network outages.
Reuse Old Hardware
By installing Citrix XenDesktop on your Windows server, you can re-use less powerful computers to thin clients, eliminating the need for an IT budget for updating a workstation. Customers access their personal desktop spaces on the server, and there is no noticeable difference compared to the performance of the operating system and applications locally.
XenDesktop includes intelligent technology to avoid standard thin client errors, such as the fact that videos and animations do not work well, by transferring some of the processing work to the client computer.
MadeIT VDI solutions also allow workers to access their computers from home, whenever the server is configured to be accessible to the public and have installed the appropriate client software. You can even use mobile phones to connect to desktop environments.