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In this blog post, we will briefly explain about virtualization, how it works and what is the best software to use for virtualization.

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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
Linux
NetWare
Solaris
No reboot required.
Can work with Cloud.
Starts from $79.99.
Parallels Desktop   Mac
Windows
No reboot required. Starts from $49.99/year.
Oracle Virtualization Mac
Windows
Linux
Solaris
Many OS. Runs on any application.
Window Resizing.
Free
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
Windows Vista
Print option available from guest OS also. Free
Microsoft Hyper-V Windows 64-bit
Professional
Enterprise
Education 8 and above. Not for Home versions.
Windows
Linux
Can work with Azure. Free
Redhat Virtualization Linux Linux
Windows
Open-source.
Fast performance.
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.

Oliver K

I’m Oliver k. I have MS degree in Computer Engineering. For nearly 5 years that I have been working on web programing and also in last 2 years I have worked on windows and Linux VPS. This is my honor to share my experiences with a new community.