It’s not difficult to take some of the newest information technology available to businesses today for granted, as novel solutions such as virtualization and cloud computing have become ubiquitous and intuitive. However, to fully comprehend the business advantages of investing in these technologies, as well as the ways in which a company should go about implementing these services, it might be helpful to know how and why they came to be.
There is no doubt that virtualization is one of the hottest technology trends in the small business and large enterprise markets today, especially given the increasing number of organizations that are launching telecommuting and bring your own device (BYOD) policies. Virtualization has revolutionized the ways in which business is conducted, and traces its roots all the way back to 1966.
Tracking virtualization’s trajectory
While hypervisor software, a term coined in 1966, was likely the most primitive and original conceptualization of what would become virtualization, the first completion of the technology was in 1967 with the IBM Cambridge Scientific Center’s CP-40. From there, the biggest break for the industry came in the 1980s, when desktop computers and x86 servers became commercially available to businesses and consumers.
The growth of the desktop computer market led to the need for virtualization capabilities, and developers immediately started to push the envelope with the technology’s development. In 1987, the Locus Computing Corporation released the highly rudimentary virtualization program Merge, which ran MS-DOS in alternative environments.
After several other advances were made by various computing developers and manufacturers, the 2000s saw some of the broadest steps in the technology’s evolution, as well as rapidly increasing adoption rates. Companies now have access to hardware, desktop, software, memory, storage, data and network virtualization tools, and many have decided to take full advantage of this technology.
How virtualization helps
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can leverage virtualized computing capabilities to facilitate the implementation of BYOD, telecommuting and other strategies. Additionally, much like cloud computing, virtualization helps to streamline overall IT management needs in the relatively complex environments that have become commonplace.
One study from InformationWeek revealed that, as of 2013, nearly two-thirds of businesses with more than 50 employees have started to use virtualization. All organizations can benefit from implementing this technology and integrating it into the existing IT framework.