How did we arrive at today’s revolutionary enterprise technologies?
IBM computers of the 1960s could only do one thing at a time, which meant running lots and lots of batch processes. As the need grew for many calculations at one time, mainframes, which in essence were time-sharing computers, rose in prominence. Still, there was no interaction with the operating system — programs ran and results were delivered.
Virtual machines evolved as the need for increased sharing grew. Everyone using a different operating system increased security and reliability.
Virtualization is the process of creating a software-based, or virtual, representation of something (e.g. virtual applications, servers, storage, and networks). It’s the single most effective way to reduce IT expenses while boosting efficiency and agility for businesses.
Fast-forward 20 years. VMware is widely recognized as the industry-leading provider of virtualization solutions — a fundamental digital infrastructure building block of the software-defined data center and hybrid cloud computing.