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When you hear “virtual systems”, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Virtualization can sound like complex, expensive technology which is not affordable for small-sized businesses. Virtualization is now within the reach of any business that wants to increase the efficiency of its IT.

Virtualization is the process of changing hardware resources into virtual components that can be delivered on demand to users. These virtual components are called VMs which stands for Virtual Machines. A VM is a copy of a computer setup. A new employee can begin working immediately on a machine identical to the one that was used by their predecessor. This eases the transition of a new employee and ensures everyone has access to the software and applications that they need to do their job.

Another benefit of VMs is that they can be used to run a variety of operating systems. For instance an employee could use the Mac but needs a specific software only available on Windows. A VM allows them to run the program on a Mac without installing it separately. Software developers also have to test updates in multiple environments. Comparing the time and cost of running these tests across multiple physical devices with running them on a VM is an effective option to save money.

Lastly, a VM is a great way to store backup files and data. This method has many advantages that include cost reduction, disaster recovery, and easier management of storage. With cloud-based VM solution like HPE GreenLake, you can benefit from built-in buffer capacities without the need to purchase extra hardware for your remote offices or data center.

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