Although "virtualization" has been around since the 1960s, the notion of server virtualization was really first brought to the general IT audience in the 1990s, when VMware introduced server virtualization software for Intel x86-based computers. In some senses, the growth of virtualization initially server virtualization and desktop virtualization was a response to the issues IT departments faced due to the explosive growth of desktop PCs and departmental servers from distributed applications and client server computing.
The benefits of server virtualization include:
- Elimination of server sprawl,
- More efficient use of server resources,
- Improved server availability,
- More robust business continuity and disaster recovery,
- Improved testing and development, and
- Centralized server administration.
Server Virtualization Platforms
TechXtend/Programmer's Paradise offers and supports server virtualization platforms from leading companies including VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix:
Other platforms for server consolidation and virtualization include: Parallels Virtuozzo Containers server virtualization infrastructure and Oracle's VM Server hypervisor-based server virtualization platforms for SPARC and x86/x64 servers.