Companies of all sizes depend on business applications to operate. According to Statista, the average number of SaaS applications used by organizations in 2021 was 110. And these applications are run on servers. To keep pace with growing user bases and application usage, organizations must create efficiencies when they set up their infrastructure. One way companies are doing this is by leveraging hardware-assisted virtualization.
What Is Hardware-Assisted Virtualization?In standard virtualization, the operating system sits on top of a hypervisor, separating it from the hardware. This additional layer makes it possible to run multiple operating systems on a single server. However, since communication must first pass through the hypervisor, it can slow down data transmission and performance. Hardware-assisted virtualization was designed to solve this problem. In hardware-assisted virtualization, the CPU is built with virtualization capabilities, allowing the CPU to receive commands directly. While you still need a hypervisor layer, it is more lightweight. The combination of CPU-directed actions and a more lightweight hypervisor improves performance so that it’s on par with applications installed directly on hardware. That said, if you take a random server and start running a plethora of virtualized applications on it, you’ll likely run into performance issues. You need hardware that can support the needs of multiple simultaneous applications. High-performance computing solutions give your team access to compute resources that are indispensable for seamless virtualization. With equivalent performance from hardware virtualization, it becomes more than feasible for companies to use virtualization — it’s in their best interests.
How Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Benefits CompaniesDigital tools have become more prevalent and necessary since the start of the pandemic. And this trend isn’t likely to slow down. Companies need a fair amount of flexibility to pivot and scale to user demands. Virtualization provides this flexibility in several ways.
- Run multiple applications simultaneously. Companies can save on upfront server costs and long-term power usage by using servers to run multiple applications. This approach also makes scaling more cost-effective.
- Live migrations. Instead of shutting down vital applications when hardware needs to be replaced or maintained, systems can be moved to other servers without missing a beat.
- Flexible deployment. Using a virtualization strategy allows you to deploy applications instantly, leveraging existing resources. And once you hit your hardware’s capacity, you can add more computing capacity to your resource pool.
- Better hardware security. Applications don’t exist within the same virtual machine, making it harder for bad actors to attack more than one system. Additionally, you can quickly isolate affected systems and replace corrupted ones with the most recent backup.