Businesses combine virtualization and open source products

For companies possessing a limited IT budget but still desiring to operate on a cloud server, employing a virtualization application may be their best option. Because the operation allows businesses to run multiple operating systems on a single machine, employees can access user environments such as Windows NT on multiple devices. 

Business News Daily reported that one of the key benefits to adopting virtualization is its ability to consolidate and contain the number of servers required to run an operation. This process reduces data center hosting expenses because it allows businesses to achieve the same level of computing performance and scalability without additional server installations. 

"It lets businesses easily create additional resources as required by man applications, such as by easily adding extra servers," the source noted. "It's all done on-demand on an as-needed basis, without any significant investments in time or money."

David Boone, a CEO for an enterprise providing network infrastructure solutions, claimed that virtualization also fosters efficient resource management with load balancing. Because server workloads are variable, the solution evenly distributes tasks to underutilized servers, which alleviates duress on the system as a whole. 

Introducing open source
Although the technology is able to reduce the amount of stress placed on a cluster server, virtualization is incapable of making additions, modifications and adjustments to the programs running through the system. In contrast, open source products enable IT departments to customize software blueprints.

The logical move for a number of businesses is to combine the two technologies. According to Tech Page One, open source offers immense cost savings and compatibility with branded programs. As virtualization creates interactive duplicates of centralized software, open source can provide IT employees with the ability to modify their coding to accommodate the operational requirements of the company. 

"Most open-source virtualization titles are free," said Lance Boley, a contributor to Tech Page One. "Installation and modifications are done either by a consultant or a dedicated programming resource."

The capabilities of open source technology is also expected to expand over the next year. The VAR Guy reported that the Linux Foundation and IT service providers will convene at a summit in Napa Valley, Calif., on March 26 to discuss the advancement of the system. Some professionals will detail the integration of infrastructure as a service technology with open source to create an interactive solution that's more compatible with virtualization tools. 

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