Monday, October 19, 2009

History of Virtualization

Virtualization is a framework or methodology of logically dividing computer resources such as hardware, software, time-sharing, and others into separate virtual machines executing instructions independent from the operating system. In layman’s term, virtualization allows you to run an independent operating system within an existing operating system using the existing hardware resources. So if you want to learn another operating system like Linux, you can use virtualization to run Linux on top of the existing operating system. Initially, virtualization is used to test new software but today it has proven to be a lot more than a testing environment. The concept behind this great technology might be a bit complicated but it has been around for a couple of decades waiting to be developed.

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