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Virtualization creates a virtual instance of a system that is distinct from physical hardware and applications. Such virtual IT resources can include a server, client, storage, networks, applications, or operating systems.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About Virtualization

Through virtualization, businesses can have multiple “guest” operating systems running on a computer. These virtual systems can run safely without being connected to the host operating system. In this way, desktop users can run applications that are meant for other operating systems. Similarly, server administrators can run different operating systems without needing additional hardware.

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