Very often, it happens that you have to compromise on the applications that you can run on your computer just because the application or software you want to run cannot be run on the OS that your computer has. Virtualization does away with such frustrations and compromises. What is it? it is one of the many boons of technology. Let’s understand a bit more about it.
What is virtualization?
Before we go into further details, let us first understand what virtualization technology is.
Virtualization is the system of incorporating a virtual instance of a computer system in a stratum that is separated from the actual and real hardware. It usually is used to run more than one operating system on the same computer at the same time. When the applications run on the virtualized platform, they do not get the difference. They feel they have their machine. They anticipate their OS and libraries along with all the other applications to be on a different and unique computer system. They attain no idea about the host OS below it.
Even though running different operating systems on the same system is the main aim of the concept of virtualization, there are other benefits to it too. For instance, it also promotes efficient circulation of and access to data stored in a single server by multiple users. It segregates large applications and pieces of information into virtual spaces thus enhancing efficiency and ease of maintaining the same.
Are containerization and virtualization the same?
At the first glance, it might seem a bit bizarre to you. We already had the concept of containers. Then why develop a similar but whole another system again?
Well, even though containerization and virtualization seem the same, they are not.
If you do not have an idea about containerization, here is a simple manner to describe it. Containers are used to store a copy of an application along with all of its libraries of data and resources that it uses. So, when the application needs to be run on a different system, the users can just use the container. They do not have to then individually sit down to replicate the entire software or application again.
Virtualization technology however enables two software types that require completely two different operating systems, to be run on the same computer. Containerization does no such trick regarding the operating system of any computer system.
How to enable virtualization?
If your virtualization is not already enabled on your computer, no need to fret. Here are some easy and simple steps by following which you can set up virtualization on your computer yourself.
- First, you will need to reboot your computer. (Make sure you do not lose data by suddenly shutting down the system. Save all your work first.)
- Press the delete key or the Esc key or the F1 key or the F2 keys or the F4 key on your BIOS set up. We gave so many options here as it depends on the manufacturer of your computer as to which key would set the process onto motion.
- Find the configuration items that are related to your CPU in the BIOS settings section. Look out for headings such as the chipset, or processor.
- There you will find your virtualization settings, possibly under heading such as VT-x, Vanderpool, or SVM.
- Enable virtualization there.
- Do not forget to click on save. Save the changes you just made and then reboot the computer system once more.
- Your virtualization will be enabled.
Is virtualization a good option?
Whenever you see a system that provides you with such immense merits, it is never free of cost. You need to let go of one thing to achieve another.
In this case, it is the speed that you have to compromise on. It is only logical though. If you aim to run two different operating systems from the same computer system, it is bound to run a little slow. Overburdening will cause a compromise with the quality of work you get done. Quantity and quality can never be proportional.
But if you do not have an issue with the slow processing or functioning of your computer, then you are good to go with the system of virtualization. However, if speed is a must-have in the work you aim to do, then you need to rethink about the system of virtualization.
All in all, the system does more good than harm. Speed is a really small price that you need to pay in return for such amazing benefits that virtualization lets you enjoy.