Virtualize Your Server Infrastructure with VMware

A server virtualization process involves the creation of a software-based representation of the physical server. The most effective way to reduce IT expenses and boost efficiency and agility for all businesses is to implement server virtualization. With VMware, IT agility, flexibility, and scalability will increase, as will cost savings.

How VMware Virtualization Works

VMware virtualization simulates the hardware in order to create a virtual computer system. By utilizing virtualization, businesses can run multiple operating systems and applications on a single physical device. Virtual computer systems are often referred to as “virtual machines” in IT infrastructures. A virtual machine (VM) consists of an operating system and an application within an isolated software container.

Each self-contained VM runs independently. With multiple VMs on one physical server, several operating systems and applications can be run on the same device. A hypervisor is a software layer that detaches virtual machines from the host and dynamically allocates resources to each virtual machine as needed.

The benefits of server virtualization include economies of scale and increased efficiency. Using server virtualization, companies can maximize their server resources and reduce the amount of hardware required for their operations. As a result, server consolidation improves efficiency and reduces costs.

VMware products

VMware products include virtualization, networking, and security management tools, software-defined data centers, and storage software.

Data center and cloud infrastructure

VMware vSphere is a suite of virtualization products. VMware vSphere, known as VMware Infrastructure prior to 2009, includes the following features:


vCenter Server

vSphere Client


As of April 2018, the most current version of vSphere is 6.7, which is available in three editions: Standard, Enterprise Plus, and Platinum. There are also two three-server kits designed for small and medium-sized businesses, vSphere Essentials and Essentials Plus.

Networking and security

A virtual networking and security software product created when VMware acquired Nicera in 2012, VMware NSX. Through NSX, admins can virtualize network components, making it possible to create, deploy and configure virtual networks and switches using software instead of hardware. On top of the hypervisor sits a software layer that allows an administrator to divide a physical network into multiple virtual networks.

In the latest version of the product, NSX-T Data Center, network virtualization can be added to both ESXi and KVM as hypervisors, as well as bare-metal servers. Kubernetes clusters can also virtualize and protect containerized workloads. The NSX-T Data Center also offers Network Function Virtualization, which allows functions such as firewalls, load balancers, and VPNs to be run in the virtualization software stack.

Virtualize Network Insight is a network operations management tool that allows administrators to plan micro segmentation and monitor the health of VMware NSX. It is based on technology from VMware’s acquisition of Arkin in 2016. NSX Manager information is collected by VRealize Network Insight. In addition, it displays errors in its interface, which aids in troubleshooting an NSX environment.

SDDC platform

VMware Cloud Foundation is the package of VMware vSphere, VMware vSAN, and VMware NSX that integrates them into a single platform through the SDDC Manager. Administrators can deploy the bundle on premises as a private cloud or run it as a service in a public cloud. An administrator can provision an application immediately without waiting for network or storage

Storage and availability

VMware vSAN is a software-based storage system that is built into the ESXi hypervisor and integrated with vSphere; it pools disk space from multiple hosts and provides it based on policies, such as protection limits, thin provisioning and erasure coding. Integrates with vSphere High Availability to provide increased compute and storage availability.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM)

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) is a disaster recovery management tool that allows an administrator to create recovery plans that are automatically executed in the event of a failure. Administrators can automatically orchestrate failover and failback of virtual machines with Site Recovery Manager. In addition, SRM integrates with NSX to preserve network and security policies on migrated VMs.

VMware vCloud NFV:

VMware vCloud NFV: A network functions virtualization platform such as VMware vCloud NFV enables service providers to run network functions through virtual applications from different vendors. NFV offers the same benefits of virtualization and cloud to communications service providers that previously used hardware.

Cloud management platform

vRealize Suite is a software package that enables users to create and manage hybrid cloud environments. vRealize Suite includes vRealize Operations for monitoring, vRealize Log Insight for centralized logging, vRealize Automation for data center automation, and vRealize Business for Cloud for cost management.

A single management console can be used to deploy and manage virtual machines on multiple hypervisors or cloud platforms. In 2019, VMware Tanzu was released to let customers create containerized applications, run enterprise Kubernetes, and manage Kubernetes.

Virtual desktop infrastructure

VMware Horizon enables organizations to run Windows desktops either on AWS or in their data centers. This replaces the need to place and manage full desktops on the workplace and centralizes the management and security of the users’ environment. For application delivery and Windows desktop management, it integrates with VMware’s App Volumes and Dynamic Environment Manager.

Digital workspace and enterprise mobility management

Workspace ONE

Workspace ONE an administrator can manage mobile devices and cloud-hosted virtual desktops and applications from a single management platform, whether it is in the cloud or on-premises. As part of the Workspace ONE suite, VMware AirWatch, Horizon Air, and Identity Manager are available.

Identity Manager

Identity Manager is an identity-as-a-service product offering single sign-on (SSO) capabilities for web, cloud, and mobile applications. Identity Manager enables SSO to any application, on any device, based on policies created.uation.

VMware AirWatch

VMware AirWatch is a platform for enterprise mobility management (EMM), which allows administrators to deploy and manage mobile devices, applications, and data.

Benefits of VMware

VMware products offer the following benefits:

  • Security based on a zero-trust model, as well as better security than container systems like Kubernetes;
  • Improved provisioning of applications and resources;
  • Simplified management of data centers; and
  • Increased efficiency and agility of data centers.

Personal desktop

VMware Workstation

VMware Workstation is the first product released by the company. Users can create and run VMs on a single Windows or Linux desktop or laptop. The virtual machines run simultaneously with the physical machines. The virtual machines run their own OS, such as Linux or Windows. The user can run Windows on a Linux machine or vice versa at the same time as the natively installed OS.

VMware Fusion

VMware Fusion is software that virtualizes Windows or Linux on Mac computers, similar to VMware Workstation.

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