Open source or proprietary, these vendors have taken different approaches to virtualisation.
In computing and enterprise technology, virtualisation is technology that enables the creation of IT services using various resources that work together to particularly form hardware.
Virtualisation can be applied to applications, servers, storage and networks which can helpto reduce IT expenses while also boosting efficiency, agility and scalability for enterprises of all sizes.
Virtualisation uses software to simulate the existence of hardware and create virtual computer systems, which allows businesses to run multiple virtual systems and various operating systems and applications on a single server.
There are many vendors that are known for delivering efficient virtualisation software solutions in the industry, CBR lists the top five vendors in the industry today.
As a well-recognised leader in virtualisation software delivery, many data centres across the world have implemented VMware software in the form of Virtual Machines and IT environments.
VMware delivers different types of virtualisation such as Server Virtualisation, Network Virtualisation and Desktop Virtualisation. However, it is particularly known for its dominating position in the Server Virtualisation market in which it addresses the issues by enabling multiple operating systems to run on a single physical server as Virtual Machines.
An example of its offerings includes a Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) platform known as vCloud, which provides compute, storage, networking, management and operations capabilities.
The platform includes vSphere, vSAN, NSX, vCloud Director, VMware Integrated OpenStack, vRealise Operations and vRealise Log Insight which are all put together for Communications Service Providers.
Another one of its products is VMware Server which is a free Windows and Linux application server to deliver an introductory experience to server virtualisation for businesses.
Another big industry name which has risen to a high position in virtualisation is Microsoft. The company developed its own non-Linux hypervisor, Hyper-V, which competes with VMware.
The Hyper-V platform was Microsoft’s first tool to provide everything needed to support server virtualisation as an integral feature of the operating system.
Its Cloud platform can also be converted to VMware for many benefits such as a cloud strategy that works to support all existing cloud application workloads, in order to solve more issues other than infrastructure issues and also work towards delivering a long-term business strategy.
The virtualisation offering also develops an outlook for enterprises which aim to leverage the company’s Azure cloud services and also those that may be particularly interested in managing both on-premises Hyper-V and Azure services.