Virtualization software helps a single host computer to create and manage more than one virtual environments, at the same time. It is often used for emulating a complete computer system to successfully run a guest operating system. For instance, if you have to run Linux as a guest operating system on a computer that has the Microsoft Windows operating system. Virtualization software can prove helpful. With storage virtualization, it can abstract logical storage from physical storage.
It can further help in increasing IT agility, scalability and flexibility while cutting down on costs considerably. With faster deployment of workloads, performance and availability increases. It also enables disaster recovery with simplified data center management.
Application virtualization software is a technology, which encapsulates computer programs from the operating system from where it has been executed. It requires a virtualization layer that can replace a part of the runtime environment created by the operating system. The layer also transparently redirects the disk operations of virtualized applications. The application accesses the virtual resource, and not the physical one. Application virtualization software helps applications work with just one file, instead of several files spread across the system. Applications can run easily on another computer, while incompatible applications can run at the same time. The common examples of this technology are Cameyo, Ceedo, Sandboxie, Spoon, etc.