Virtualisation could be the hottest topic of 2009, and it’s only January.

So what is Virtualisation and what can it do for your business?  This is the first in a series of posts in which we will explain in plain English terms just what it is and how it can be used in your business.

Virtualisation can seem like a magical, mystical concept.  At its core however, it is simply a technical way of describing the sharing of computer resources across more than one single purpose.

Traditionally, computer hardware is used to host one single Operating System (OS), upon which applications (APPS) are installed.  Think of your Desktop PC.  You have one set of hardware, one Operating System (Windows) and then your applications (Microsoft  Office, Adobe, printers, games etc).


The Virtualisation Model allows the utilisation of one set of hardware to provide multiple Operating Systems with the resources they need to function.  Each OS is completely independent of the other instances.  So, if your PC was virtualised, you would have one set of hardware and multiple instances of Windows, each running independently of the others.  Commonly, Virtualisation is used to build Servers.

So what does this mean to you as a business owner? Well in these tight times, Virtualisation gives us the ability to supply you with one physical server and have it perform the job of multiple servers, therefore saving on the cost of hardware investment.

There are a number of other benefits as well, which we will go into in the next post on the subject…