Virtualization is a software technology that allows multiple operating systems to run on the same host computer at the same time. Additional uses of virtualization include the quick creation of new systems for testing, training, and demonstration. Using virtualized computers saves the cost of hardware, management, and administration of the server infrastructure.

A virtual server is composed of software and acts like a complete hardware system from processor to network card in a self-contained, isolated software environment, enabling the simultaneous operation of otherwise incompatible systems. A virtual server has no hardware components. Virtual servers are based on host platforms. A host platform is a physical computer that has hosting capabilities and can host many virtual servers.

In Server Automation, you manage your virtualization infrastructure using Tasks.