Before the tech world was thrust into the world of cloud computing, virtualization was deemed the next big thing. Though some of the enthusiasm may have been redirected, according to a recent report by the Register, virtualization still has long future in the industry.

After being introduced in the late 1990s, virtualization for the personal computer hit its stride around 2007 and 2008, the news provider noted. Today, there are different types of virtualization being utilized, including solutions for desktops, servers and full-system options, among others.

"The trick of full-system virtualization is to find a way to take control away from privileged code that is already running in ring 0, so that another, even-more-privileged program can control it," wrote the Register's Liam Proven. "If you can do this transparently, then you can then run one operating system as a program under another."

Virtualization offers companies several key benefits, and, according to Gartner, more midmarket businesses are using the technology for the first time. The research firm revealed last month that many companies are utilizing virtual machines and operating systems for Infrastructure-as-a-Service and other cloud computing solutions.

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