What’s Mine is Virtually Yours
February 4, 2013 2 Comments
Imagine wandering into a colleague’s office, one located in another city, turning on their computer and instead of a strangers wallpaper and files appearing on the desktop, hey presto it’s yours.
This is essentially the wonder of the virtual machine (VM). It’s an amazing collaborative tool that is making everything easier for business and global organizations.
A virtual machine is segmented by software to act as a standalone machine. Several virtual machines reside on one physical server. Instead of one Operating System (OS) partition, a server running VM technology can have multiple “virtual” OS partitions on one physical machine.
This allows you to leave your computer in the office but still access your desktop anywhere connected to this server. This virtual world needs a lot less than we’re used to providing. Fewer wires, less hardware, less space needed and less maintenance. And many things such as file sharing, collaboration and communication become easier. VM also increases security.
Some users set up a virtual machine as a group of computers that work together to create a more powerful machine. In this type of setup, the software makes it possible for one environment to be formed through several computers. This makes it appear to the end user as if he or she uses only a single computer, while there are actually numerous machines at work. The memory and other resources of each of these systems work together to create a more powerful machine.
If you’re interested in entering the world of VM, Chill IT can set you up. We’d also be happy to explain the system further. For instance, virtual machines are ideal for testing out other operating systems – like the new Windows 8 or alternative operating systems. You can also use virtual machines to run software on operating systems it wasn’t designed for – for example, you can run Windows programs on a Mac with a virtual machine.
Soon every computer could be your computer and the opportunities the VM provides could help your business and technological capacities expand while your related expenses decrease.
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