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1Pointe deploys private, hybrid and cloud-based virtualization solutions.  In the many environments, virtualization can increase security and manageability, while lowering costs associated with licensing, hardware, power usage, rack space and failover.   Our pre-deployment process for virtualization projects takes into consideration each server role, bandwidth and utilization requirements, redundancy requirements, availability requirements and more.  All virtualization deployments are tested in our virtual lab, and data backups are verified before the project begins.

A virtual machine (VM) is a software implementation of a machine (i.e. a computer) that executes programs like a physical machine.

  • Platform virtualization is a virtualization of computers or operating systems. It hides the physical characteristics of a computing platform from users, instead showing another abstract computing platform.

  • Application virtualization is an umbrella term that describes software technologies that improve portability, manageability and compatibility of applications by encapsulating them from the underlying operating system on which they are executed. A fully virtualized application is not installed in the traditional sense, although it is still executed as if it is. The application is fooled at runtime into believing that it is directly interfacing with the original operating system and all the resources managed by it, when in reality it is not. Application virtualization differs from platform virtualization in that in the latter case, the whole operating system is virtualized rather than only specific applications.

  • Desktop virtualization (or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is a server-centric computing model that borrows from the traditional thin-client model but is designed to give system administrators and end-users the best of both worlds: the ability to host and centrally manage desktop virtual machines in the data center while giving end users a full PC desktop experience.  The user experience is intended to be identical to that of a standard PC, but from a thin client device or similar, from the same office or remotely.  Many commercial solutions also add the ability to switch some incoming client sessions (using connection broker software) towards traditional shared desktop systems such as Microsoft's Terminal Services or Citrix's application servers, blade servers or even to individual unused physical desktop computers.
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