If you wish to use multiple operating systems on the same machine, virtualization is the go-to solution. With its help, you can divide the server hardware into multiple virtual machines running different OS (they could also have the same OS running on them if that is what you need). Virtualization has many benefits to it including stopping server sprawl (i.e. a situation in which multiple under-utilized servers take up more space and consume more resources than justified by their workload), saving costs, increasing uptime and allowing you to perform more functions with less hardware.
What is Virtualization?
Virtualization refers to creating a virtual or isolated form of IT environment. Without this technology, only one operating system or application can be run on a server machine, causing very inefficient resource utilization. When a server is virtualized, it allows for multiple applications or operating systems to be run on it, each in its own separate environment, bringing about cost efficiency and efficient use of server resources. The software that performs virtualization is commonly known as a hypervisor.
Best Virtualization Software
This neat table from softwaretestinghelp.com summarizes the main features of the top 10 virtualization software available now.
|Host OS||Guest OS||Feature||Price|
|SolarWinds Virtualization Manager||Windows||--||VM Sprawl Control, Predictive recommendations, manage across on-premise, hybrid, & cloud, etc.||It starts at $2995.|
|V2 Cloud||Windows||Windows||Browser accessibility, Web client available on Windows & Mac, Fast performance, Technical support included.||Starts from $60/month|
|VM Ware Fusion||For Mac Users||Windows
|No reboot required.
Can work with Cloud.
|Starts from $79.99.|
|No reboot required.||Starts from $49.99/year.|
|Many OS.||Runs on any application.
|VM Ware Workstation||For Windows and Linux users||More than 200 OS.||Can work with Cloud.||Contact them for pricing details.|
|QEMU||Any||Any||Can be used on any platform.||Free|
|Virtual PC||Windows7||Windows XP
|Print option available from guest OS also.||Free|
|Microsoft Hyper-V||Windows 64-bit
Education 8 and above. Not for Home versions.
|Can work with Azure.||Free|
|Veertu-for MAC||Mac||Mac OS & IOS||VM runs as an application of Mac.||$39.99|
|Apple-Boot Camp||Mac||Windows||No need to download or install.||Free|
If you wish to read more about each one specifically, visit their blog about virtualization software.
Each of the aforementioned applications has its own virtualization methods and benefits. Monovm uses VMware for its virtualization-dependent services and strongly recommends it, as it has the most features and a very user-friendly user interface.