Essay on Computer virtualization
Multiple virtual machines share hardware resources without interfering with each other so several operating systems and applications can run at the same time on a single server. This reduces the amount of hardware, power and storage space required to run multiple servers by a substantial percentage, …show more content…
The same is true of a Windows XP user. Figure 2. Is a screen shot of a user running Windows XP as their host with a virtualized copy of Vista and legacy Windows 98 running at the same time. This can come in handy for several reasons. Let’s look at a few of these benefits.
The question you are asking now is why would I need to do this? Let us look at some of the benefits and practical uses of Virtualization.
- Application compatibility; you may have a fun game you have been immersed in but it is no longer compatible with the latest Windows 7 OS you just installed. No problem, load up a previous OS in a virtual machine and you are up and playing your legacy game without sacrificing the benefits of Windows 7 features. While running Windows 7, you can run windows XP as a virtual machine dedicated to all your legacy games or other applications that prove to be incompatible your current host computer. If you are a Mac user, perhaps there is an app you need that only runs on Windows or vice versa.
- Virus and Trojan isolation; if your friend or relative just sent you an email attachment or you just downloaded the latest mp3 from a peer-sharing site, would you really want to risk infection from a virus, worm, or Trojan? Try starting up one of your virtual machines