So, let’s continue our Virtualization Series. The virtual machine host has a valuable ability to save the condition of a virtual machine at some random time. At the point when you are working at an article or report and you need to take a break, you generally save it and return to it after sometime. The Snapshot functionality enables a client to do likewise to a VM.

The Snapshot functionality is most valuable when you need to save the condition of the virtual machine so you can come back to a similar state over and over. To just save the present condition of your virtual machine and after that get work later with the virtual machine in a similar state, it was the point at which you stopped and suspended the virtual machine.

You can take a snapshot of a virtual machine at any time and return to that snapshot whenever you want. You can take a snapshot while a virtual machine is ON, OFF or SUSPENDED. A snapshot saves the virtual machine similarly as it was the point at which you took the snapshot and the condition of the data on all the virtual machine’s disks.

What Is saved by the Snapshot?

The snapshot saves the whole condition of the virtual machine at the time you take the snapshot. This incorporates:

1. The condition of all the virtual machine’s disks.

2. The contents of the virtual machine’s memory.

3. The virtual machine settings.

At the point when you return to the snapshot, you return every one of these things to the state they were in at the time you took the snapshot.

Data Centers and Servers

Now that we have understood the fundamental concepts of virtualization, we can take a look at the segments of a data center to see how huge organizations use virtualization to build big virtual data center, which then become Clouds. Let us cover some fundamental data center concepts. A data center includes a lot of hardware. Talking about all the individual parts that are in a data center is a complex subject, however learning the fundamental structure segments of the  data center is basic.

In this article, we will just discuss a few basic things about Data Centers. In future discussions, we will talk about every one of the kinds of data center hardware and how they make able the data center to perform its main functions.

All of the data that you access on a gadget or any device is the result of a transfer of information or data between where the information is handled and stored, and the device to which the information is delivered. Whether you’re looking for a café or the best price on a reading material, the data you search originates from a site that hosts its files and contents in a data center. Today, a large number of people depend on the web (internet) to get any information about their general surroundings. The requirement for access to data is growing as more individuals gain internet access and organizations discover more approaches to digitalize the manner in which we get things done. Organizations, governments, banks and schools all need their data and administrations conveyed to customers and clients around the globe.

Data centers are supposed to be huge distribution center structure possessed by a large corporation or an administration, yet data centers can likewise be set up on-site by independent small companies and organizations themselves. These data centers are used to house computer systems, called servers that are used to share or process information for customers. To get an idea of what a data center is, just think about a lot of hardware in one physical territory, for example, a warehouse or a basement.

With many servers handling and storing information for thousands to a huge number of customers consistently, a data center needs to provide huge measures of process control. This power can be accomplished by utilizing a lot of hardware, which can turn out to be expensive. Data Centers can be virtualized also, bringing about less requirement for physical hardware and greater adaptability of computing power. VMware gives numerous virtualization arrangements that settle the efficiency problems which affect data centers. The adaptability of having different hardware and software resources, called Scalability, is significant for developing organizations and furthermore considers quick reaction to events that can cause outages and different issues.

To diminish the possibility of issues, a data center must be managed effectively which means checking information accessibility, capacity and execution. Additionally, data center need to guarantee information security by not enabling information to be susceptible to hackers. We will concentrate on how virtualization is used to expand data center efficiency. The data center performs three main fundamental functions: it processes, stores, and transmits information or any data and this requires three main kinds of hardware.

Storage Devices

Compute System (Servers)


Storage Devices

In this section, we will talk about only Storage Devices. Remaining two will be discussed in the next article.

As recently mentioned, a data center is intended to manage high levels of information streaming in and out. This implies that a data center needs to store high volumes of information to  be accessible for consumption. The absence of enough storage can cause significant inconveniences.

Imagine using a cell phone that could just store five songs at a time and you needed to erase a song at whatever point you needed to download another one. This is the thing that processing with limited storage would look like. What storage does is include more information holding limit, and in case of the cell phone, include more space for more songs. Since there is much more processing associated with a data center than a cell phone, storage turns out to be significant layer of the data center framework.

Servers are built to process and compute huge data, but the memory of a server, the hard disk drive and RAM can just store a specific amount of information. In this way, if the server comes up short on memory, more hardware should be acquired to ensure the information storage limit can grow as indicated by the interest. The advantage of storage based hardware is its capacity to store an ideal measure of information and convey it to clients quickly.

Due to higher performance demands, a data center’s storage must deliver higher availability of storage. Availability means that a device is running rather than encountering any delay in time. In case of pen drives, if you lose them, it tends to be inconvenient, however in the event that a data center storage device goes disconnected (offline), the organizations and enterprises that depend on that storage will suffer, so data center storage should be significantly more strong and safeguard than individual storage.

The technique used to improve the accessibility of storage is called Redundancy. Redundancy can be implemented in a way that the systems will make a duplicate of information, save this copy in another location, that might be accessed if the first location ends up corrupted or breaks down.

This is enough for this section. If you have any suggestion or any thought, just comment down below.

More on Virtualization concepts:

1. What is Virtualization? Basic Virtualization Understanding Part -1

2. What is a Virtual Machine? Basic Virtualization Understanding Part -2

3. What is Hypervisor and how many types we got here? let’s find out.

4. Know More Deeply on Hypervisor and Virtual Machine.

Biplab Das
My name is Biplab Das. I’m a writer, Blogger, Youtuber and full time IT support engineer whose childhood obsession with science fiction never quite faded. A quarter-century later, the technology that I coveted as a kid is woven into the fabric of everyday life. I’ve spent the past years to learn these technologies, I recently published a book on computer science fundamentals. People say smartphones are boring these days, but I think everyone is beginning to take this wonderful technology marvel for granted.

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