Virtualization Buzz Words


It is the taking of something physical and making it abstract so that it simulates the physical functions of that object.


The leading provider of virtualization software.

VMware View

A desktop virtualization product from VMware.

Virtual Machine/Virtual Desktop

A software implementation of a physical machine which can run software (such Word or Excel) like a physical machine.


A very powerful computer that provides services to clients.  Example: I: Drive, Banner, and websites.

Host Machine

A computer that has virtual machines installed on it, typically a physical server.

Guest Machine

A virtual machine that runs on a host machine.

Remote Desktop

A technology allowing a remote computer’s display to be redirected to a user’s local machine while giving the user full control over the remote computer.

Cloud Computing

It is internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like electricity.

Thick Client

A fully functional physical computer, such as a student’s laptop, which is used to connect into a virtual desktop.

Virtual Owl

A web portal dedicated to Distance Learning that contains information, downloads, and help resources.