Virtualisation is a powerful tool. You can use it to consolidate multiple applications on a single piece of hardware, or use several different operating systems at the same time. Often seen solely as the province of the enterprise data centre or the development lab, virtualisation is rapidly becoming a powerful tool for the SME as well, providing new routes to disaster recovery, and helping future-proof legacy applications.
Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 is a good introduction to the world of virtualisation. It’s a free download, and it’ll run on most current hardware — and will support a wide range of legacy and current guest operating systems.
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