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Virtualization in cloud computing environments has become an increasingly popular option for businesses. There are many benefits of virtualization in a cloud environment. This article will help you determine whether virtualization is right for your organization. 

First, we will briefly examine how virtualization works.

Virtualization uses software to create a virtual system that mimics hardware functionality. This process allows IT organizations to run multiple virtual systems—as well as multiple operating systems and applications—on a single server.

Virtual machines (VMs) are software containers with an operating system and application inside. When multiple VMs run on one computer, more than one operating system and application can run on the same server or host. A hypervisor decouples VMs from the host and dynamically assigns computing resources to each.

Now, we will explore the benefits of virtualization in a cloud environment.


Key Benefits of Virtualization in a Cloud Environment

Protection from Failure and Disaster

Virtualization in cloud computing can prevent your IT system from failing. Even if one part of your system crashes, it doesn’t mean the entire system will. A virtual machine helps protect your IT environment from bugs, viruses, and crashes when you are testing software or trying out a new program.

After a disaster, it can take days to replace or fix a physical server. In a virtualized environment, it is easy to provision and deploy VMs, so you can replicate or clone those affected. Instead of having to provision and set up a new physical server, the recovery process takes mere minutes, enhancing the environment's resiliency and business continuity.

Benefits of Virtualization in a Cloud Environment | Synopsys Cloud

Ease of Data Transfer

Another benefit of virtualization in a cloud environment is the ease of data transfer. You can transfer data easily between virtualized devices and servers without searching through physical hard drives or data centers. With virtualized desktops and storage, you can transfer entire machines without moving any physical infrastructure. As a result, you'll save time, energy, and money.

 

Security

Virtualization offers significant security benefits in the cloud. Because VMs and virtual infrastructure stay separate from other parts of your systems, it's much harder for viruses and malware to spread.  

With virtual firewalls, you can restrict access to your data for much less money than with traditional methods. Virtualization protects you from many potential cybersecurity issues because a virtual switch shields your data and apps from malicious malware, viruses, and other threats.

With cloud server virtualization storage, you won't have to worry about data loss or corruption. Cloud providers offer encryption using high-end protocols to protect your data. Virtualization gives you premium-level data security without the cost of physical firewalls.

Efficiency and Productivity

You'll spend less time maintaining the hardware and IT infrastructure when you have fewer servers. Instead of applying updates server-by-server, you can install, update, and maintain the environment for all VMs in the virtual environment on one server. Your team will be more efficient and productive if you spend less time maintaining equipment.

IT teams also use virtualization to solve complex, nuanced technical issues in the cloud. Since data is always available in a virtual server, IT doesn’t have to worry about data recovery from crashed or corrupted devices.

 

Development and Testing

Virtualized environments are segmented into virtual machines that developers can quickly spin up without affecting the production environment. Developers can also quickly clone a virtual machine and run tests on it.

For example, a developer can clone the virtual machine, apply a new software patch, test the environment, and then pull it into the production application. This process speeds up application development.

 

Sustainability

Virtualization improves sustainability by cutting the number of physical servers and the amount of power you consume. This decrease significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the data center.

 

Cost-Effectiveness

Virtualization is a great way to cut expenses. If you store data on virtual servers or clouds, you won't have to buy physical hardware or systems. You can therefore reduce your waste, electricity, and maintenance costs. Additionally, virtualization saves you a lot of server space, which you can then use to improve operations.


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About The Author

Sridhar Panchapakesan is the Senior Director, Cloud Engagements at Synopsys, responsible for enabling customers to successfully adopt cloud solutions for their EDA workflows. He drives cloud-centric initiatives, marketing, and collaboration efforts with foundry partners, cloud vendors and strategic customers at Synopsys. He has 25+ years’ experience in the EDA industry and is especially skilled in managing and driving business-critical engagements at top-tier customers. He has a MBA degree from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley and a MSEE from the University of Houston.

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