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Virtualization Across the Nation

Posted on May 9, 2017 by Matt Louden

virtualizationModern mobility programs are constantly challenged by end-user demands for the latest devices and technology. Unfortunately, that usually means running multiple Operating Systems (OSs) and applications simultaneously. While this has traditionally created gaps in program security, today’s enterprise mobility efforts have a safer solution: virtualization.

For the first time, government-approved virtualization resides on a smartphone. The National Security Agency (NSA) just added a modified version of the HTC A9 to its Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSFC) list and is actively suggesting that all other businesses should take advantage of this technology too. So, what exactly is virtualization?

Virtualization Explained

Businesses that use this technology can create and test these virtual reproductions to boost their mobility program’s agility, efficiency, and flexibility in a way that minimizes IT risks.[tweet this]

Essentially, virtualization is a process that creates software-based copies of mobile applications, servers, and networks. Businesses that use this technology can create and test these virtual reproductions to boost their mobility program’s agility, efficiency, and flexibility in a way that minimizes Information Technology (IT) risks.

The need for virtualization stems from inefficiency—most of today’s servers are only capable of running one OS or application at a time. Instead of maintaining a bunch of servers operating at five percent capacity to manage mobility, today’s enterprises can use a virtual system to run all OSs and applications from a single server (reducing expenses and potential security gaps).

Instead of maintaining a bunch of servers operating at five percent capacity to manage mobility, today’s enterprises can use a virtual system to run all OSs and applications from a single server (reducing expenses and potential security gaps).[tweet this]

In the virtualization model, an OS and application are packaged together in an isolated software container called a Virtual Machine (VM). Each VM works independently and can coexist with others on the same server. A software layer—hypervisor—dynamically manages and allocates computing power to each VM as it’s used.

Virtualization is easy enough to understand. But why should you rush out to find a solution capable of managing all your OSs and applications from one place?

Business Benefits

In addition to simplifying and streamlining mobility program management, a virtual system brings a long list of additional benefits to your business, like:

Reduced hardware and IT support costs – Consolidating mobility program management from multiple servers to one system saves a company thousands in hardware costs. Additionally, centralized mobile OS and application management eases the burden of support and keeps your internal team from paying for multiple software updates or travel from one office to the next.

Minimized downtime – When physical hardware fails, companies experience downtime while it’s rebooted, repaired, or replaced. With VMs, that’s not the case. Instead, these containers are restarted in a different server location that has the resources available to handle its workload.

Virtualization cuts costs, minimizes downtime, accelerates device provisioning, and creates an established, software-defined data center among other things.[tweet this]

Increased productivity and responsiveness – A streamlined IT infrastructure means more time for your internal mobility leaders to focus on strategic initiatives and stay ahead of market trends. It also means new servers don’t need to be setup any time your organization wants to use a new OS or application.

Accelerated device provisioning – With virtualization, ensuring your end users’ OSs and applications has never been easier. Push security patches, updates, and downloads remotely from a single server to ensure enterprise-wide device functionality and security.

Established, software-defined data center – Unlike a physical network, virtual mobility systems create an interconnected, automated network that works across multiple locations and programs. This type of data center allows your administrators to more effectively manage devices and other program components.

Why stop at OSs and applications? Your mobility program needs a single-platform solution for all its technologies. Talk to one of our experts about your program today and sign up for a customized tour of our brand-new user interface!

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