Cyberspace is the digital universe of the 21st century. It is the mind space of the modern age combining both real and physical partitions and masking it from the virtual elements. It is mind boggling to realise that this enormous realm is supported by a vast array of infrastructural setup that supports both storage and network connectivity needed to sustain such virtual environments. Within this setup exist numerous applications, interfaces as well as communication links and data storage units. These require a great number of human resources which configure and control such arrangements.
Needless to say, this paraphernalia has some particular as well as general utility. It can be used to create real-world scenarios and help in mimicking hardware and software used in application development. It can function as a capable emulator and contribute to software testing. It is also useful to perform backup, recovery, data storage redundancy and archiving in a short duration and with ease by masking the actual complexity of storage network. Essentially, it is software manipulating hardware as an outcome of which, cloud computing has become a reality.
The USP of such setups is the see-through nature of operational administration and ease of access as well as simple initialization. In layman’s terms, the function it carries out is to give the consumer a simple utility based access without any complicated need to understand the underlying resources and their interrelation with each other. It also helps to adapt differently categorised and perhaps, difficult technology to work in cohesion with the existing processing task and enhance the simplicity of the software interface reducing the need to understand the physical functional attributes. It helps to get maximum productivity out of maybe a bit old processors by bridging the gap between sophisticated GUIs and adapting it to efficient but old infrastructure.
Virtualization facilitates maximisation of resources and enables the operation of multiple applications, OS on the same physical hardware. It helps to get more out of less by integrating your IT budget (management, administration and support all into one). Reducing the number of physical streams needed, it helps to negate underutilization allowing increased productivity for limited hardware investment. Virtualization is the industry standard today and creates a dynamic pool of network, storage and processing resources which can be accessed as per demand. It can be viewed as a process splitting and aligning the entire network system. Its main goal is to centralise operations, improve scalability, reduce workload, all at one go.
A major hurdle to fully leveraging virtualization may not be technology. Rather, budgetary limitations and organisational preferences come into play at this stage. However, big market name BlueCat is investing in virtualisation of data storage and network for more efficient commercial results. There are benefits to a virtualized resource management software that can be realised by actually applying it to real world systems and improving the efficiency of a cybernetic setup.
Therefore, stop and spare a thought as to what makes up the cyberspace. While it may seem like a virtual environment, remember that there is a virtualized setup of networks, servers and storage units to enable you not to have to worry about doing what you need to do. Ultimately, it is a workload reduction tool designed to make life easier and simpler. The architecture may be complex but surely, the navigation need not be so with virtualization at your disposal, here and now.