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What is Virtualization?

Virtualization is a technology that allows a single physical machine to be divided into multiple virtual environments, or virtual machines (VMs). Each VM operates as a separate entity, with its own operating system, applications, and resources, and can be used to run multiple applications concurrently on a single physical machine.

Virtualization allows businesses to increase the utilization of their hardware resources and reduce the number of physical servers required to run their applications. It also enables them to easily test, develop, and deploy applications in a variety of environments.

There are several types of virtualization, including hardware virtualization, software virtualization, and network virtualization. Hardware virtualization involves the use of a hypervisor, a software layer that sits between the physical hardware and the operating system, to create and manage VMs. Software virtualization involves the use of software applications to create and manage VMs, while network virtualization involves the use of network-based technologies to create and manage virtual networks.

Virtualization has become an important technology in data centers, cloud computing environments, and other large-scale computing environments, as it allows businesses to improve resource utilization, reduce costs, and increase the flexibility and scalability of their computing infrastructure.

Virtualization technology allows for multiple virtual machines to run on a single physical host, a concept that is intrinsically linked to the Client Server Architecture. Understanding this architecture is crucial for managing resources and ensuring efficient operation in virtualized environments.

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