Virtual machines (VMs) are virtual environments that work on physical pieces of hardware, such as a computer. They require their own operating systems that run in isolation from other applications or software on the same physical host.
This article was written by Bia Pendleton and originally published by California Business Journal.
A Windows Server 2022 Standard or a similar macOS-based server is essential to allow the virtual machine to run efficiently to multiple end users (known as guests).
A virtual machine works through an advanced type of technology that enables virtualization. Both the hardware and software must work in harmony to create a virtual environment that is easy to access and use for every guest.
When produced and implemented correctly, a VM offers a host of benefits for any independent business owner. We’re going to run through some of these benefits below.
Why Are Virtual Machines Beneficial?
Virtual machines run via a single, isolated operating system, meaning they remain completely independent from all of the other operating systems on a piece of hardware. A hypervisor acts as a virtual machine manager to partition the VM and keep it isolated to prevent interference from other software and applications.
Their independence results in a wide range of benefits for business owners and their employees. Here are some of the incredible benefits that you can experience by implementing a VM into your business operations.
VMs are exactly as they sound – they are 100% virtual. Although they run on a physical host, they create an online environment that has almost unlimited scaling capacity and potential.
You won’t need to worry about physical data storage or hardware for multiple applications when you’re using a VM to manage several aspects of your business. You can enjoy the limitless capabilities of cloud-based networking and allow your business to expand exponentially.
Virtual machines are highly flexible, and you can customize your VM environment to suit the unique needs of your business. Because your VM will run independently of all of the other software on your computers, you can make major changes or updates to your VM without disrupting your other operating systems.
Implementing virtual environments into your business significantly reduces your costs. You can use the money you save using a VM to enhance other areas of your business or hire expert staff.
You won’t need to purchase as much physical infrastructure, even as your business expands and gathers more digital information. Plus, you won’t spend as much money on electricity bills when you don’t need to power several physical hosts and servers at once.
Lower risk of downtime
There’s always a risk of downtime when you’re using any kind of online server or database. However, you can easily transport a VM from one hypervisor to another on a completely separate physical host to reduce the negative impacts of downtime.
Doing so enables you to have a backup in case your primary host fails. If you anticipate downtime, you can prepare for the worst by transferring your VM quickly and easily, so your employees can continue to work while you fix the issue.