Skip to content

The 6 Types of Virtualization—Which Is Right for Your Organization?


Virtualization is a computing technology that transforms the functionality of physical hardware into virtual resources such as servers, applications, networks, and storage.

Nowadays, organizations of all sizes embrace virtualization to increase operational efficiency, minimize IT-related costs, and enhance security.

While this is a game-changer, some organizations are unaware of the various types of virtualization—and how they can benefit from them. To help you stay ahead, we've compiled everything you need to know in this article. 

The 6 Types of Virtualization: How They Help Your Organization 

Here are the six most common types of virtualization and how they can benefit your organization: 

1. Application Virtualization

This virtualization technology lets users access a remote version of an app, even if it isn't installed on their device. Instead, the deployed application is installed locally on a server and made available to end users when they ask for it. 

Virtualization makes it easier for organizations to maintain and update their applications. It enhances security and privacy, as only administrators can modify and control app permissions. With application virtualization, companies can make it easier for employees to work remotely by giving them access to critical applications.

2. Data Virtualization

Data virtualization is a modern approach to data integration that allows an organization’s users to view enterprise data from numerous systems in a single dashboard. This type of virtualization does not copy data, but rather makes it available to end users from a unified perspective. 

With real-time access to enterprise information, organizations can track their performance quickly and make management decisions that are based on solid, comprehensive information.

3. Desktop Virtualization

This technology allows end users to simulate their desktop workstations from any computing device, regardless of location. This works similarly to application virtualization, but houses whole desktop environments instead of just applications. 

Desktop virtualization is a key component of a digital workspace. It makes it easier for IT teams to manage company devices and reduces security risks associated with lost devices or compromised data. 

4. Network Virtualization

Network virtualization synthesizes a network's physical and software components into one single software-based resource. It also entails dividing the network bandwidth into independent channels. 

Because administrators can modify and control every network element without touching the underlying physical components, this technology creates an environment that is much easier to monitor and administrate. 

5. Server Virtualization

Virtualizing a server entails partitioning one physical server into multiple virtual servers. These servers can run as separate machines, allowing organizations to run multiple operating systems using a single host. By doing so, they can reduce operational costs and enjoy faster deployment times. 

Server virtualization also increases security by concealing the location of host servers. 

6. Storage Virtualization

Organizations that create and store large amounts of data can benefit from storage virtualization. Instead of utilizing a hard drive, this solution enables organizations to store their data in the cloud or on a virtual server. 

This technology makes it easier to organize, duplicate, and transfer enterprise data. Incorporating cloud virtualization in the IT environment can help organizations reduce costs associated with physical data storage—and improve their disaster recovery strategies. 

Leverage the Power of Virtualization by Partnering with Data Networks

The combination of cloud computing and virtualization has created revolutionary solutions for organizations, enabling them to improve efficiency and create scalable systems. However, learning the types of virtualization technologies available is just the beginning—knowing which type you need and how to incorporate them into your organization is the real challenge. Let Data Networks assist you with this. 

At Data Networks, we provide organizations of all sizes with tailored IT solutions to boost their systems' productivity, efficiency, and security. 

Reach out today to learn how we can make a difference for your organization.

Subscribe today!