Starting around 2004, a new concept starting taking root in the land of the free and the home of the brave. It’s called virtualization. But it’s really cloud hosting, or cloud computing, as some people call it.

So what is this virtualization?

Virtualization is all about transferring a company’s computing assets from a physical presence at a location they own or rent to a virtual location in cyberspace. That is, the delivery of computing services over the Internet. Why is this so popular?

There are several reasons why virtualization is starting to become en vogue. Probably the principle reason is because it is cheaper, if done correctly, than maintaining large data centers. There is a lot of overhead that goes with running your own data center. But with virtualization you can pay for the computing needs that you use as you use them.

Other reasons companies are migrating to virtual servers include increased efficiency, more flexibility, access to scalable applications, and consolidation.

If you are ready to save money on data center management and increase your organization’s computing efficiency then virtualization is the way to go.