Virtualization is the development of a virtual version of an IT resource, such as a server, storage, device, or even operating system. It simulates software and hardware that allows software to run. Virtualization gives rise to virtual machines where you can run programs very much like on a physical machine.

Virtual machine is the process of running another operating system on a machine using virtualization software. The virtual system is segregated from the main system. Reasons to run a virtual machine include trying a new operating system before installing it, running old or incompatible software, and testing suspicious files.

Cloud virtualization enables companies to unlock scalability, business continuity, and cost saving measures, but dramatically increases the difficulty of monitoring and management for IT Ops teams. The added complexity, layers, and additional tooling needed to manage cloud and hybrid systems can rapidly overwhelm Ops teams.

BigPanda is designed with the complexities of modern virtualization tools in mind. Learn more about how BigPanda can help your teams make sense of the complexity of modern IT Ops in our Getting Started documentation.