Virtualization has multiple meanings and purposes. Learn how you can use it to increase data and application availability.
Written by Bill Hammond
Virtualization can serve a number of valuable purposes in IT departments, but exactly what is virtualization?
There are at least two definitions of the term. Server virtualization allows multiple logical servers--possibly using different operating systems--to run on a single physical machine. On IBM Power Systems, server virtualization services are provided primarily through PowerVM. Its hypervisor can run multiple instances of IBM i, AIX, and Linux in separate partitions on a single physical system.