Hardware or Platform Virtualisation

Hardware virtualisation or platform virtualisation refers to the creation of a virtual machine that acts like a real physical computer with an operating system.  However, software executed on these virtual machines is separated from the underlying hardware resources and each other.


For example, a computer that is running Microsoft Windows may host a virtual machine that looks like a computer with a Linux operating system. 


The real power of virtualisation is that it allows two or more virtual machines to be hosted on the one physical machine, whilst keeping them completely separate from one another – thus requiring less investment in hardware, lower power consumption and cooling requirements; less hardware to maintain.


Vendors and Products

Hardware or platform virtualisation is the underlying basis of server and desktop virtualisation.