Intro to Virtualization Technology

Virtualization is the cornerstone of efficient and effective cybersecurity. In this free hands-on tutorial, you'll learn what virtualization technology is and how it is used to enhance information security.

Why learn about virtualization technology with Flatiron School?

Learn about virtualization for free

Our virtualization technology lessons are free — that way you can learn the fundamentals on your schedule and at your own pace.

Explore your future in cybersecurity

These lessons are a great way to determine if learning cybersecurity is right for you. Discover whether you're passionate about pursuing a cyber career, or if you just want to learn a new skill.

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These lessons are an efficient way to get real hands-on experience with the fundamentals you’ll need to get into our immersive Cybersecurity engineering course.

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What you'll learn: Basic virtualization technology concepts and how they're applied to the real world

Research shows that cyberattacks could cost up to $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. As these attacks increase in frequency, organizations of all sizes will be forced to follow suit and increase their cybersecurity efforts. Cybersecurity engineers, pen testers, cyber threat analysts — and virtualization technology — will be at the center of these efforts.

The Different Types of Virtualization

Ther are 4 different types of virtualization technologies — get acquainted with each.


Understand what a Hypervisor is, the different types, and how they relate to how virtualization works.

Benefits and Containers

Connect the dots to understand basic virtualization concepts as a whole — their components, architecture, and the overall picture.

The Cloud

Learn what the "cloud" is and the benefits of cloud virtualization training.

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Frequently asked questions about virtualization technology and Flatiron School

What is virtualization technology?

Virtualization is an important concept and security tool for both security professionals and the organizations they serve. At its most basic level, virtualization is a process that creates a virtual environment that allows a user to run multiple operating systems on a computer simultaneously. In other words, it is the creation of a virtual (vs. physical) resource like an operating system, server, or network resource.  Security professionals utilize virtualization to perform security research, engineer security solutions, or conduct digital forensics. Organizations utilize virtualization to test and deploy new technologies, to execute untested code in a sandboxed environment, to maximize server resources, as well as to redirect hackers into virtual (vs. physical) network resources so they can study and sandbox their enemy.

Who should learn about virtualization?

Creating a virtual machine is beneficial for people who are looking to build an environment they can work on without affecting the host operating system. This will allow people to download and install malware to study what it does and how it works — without worrying about how it will affect the host.

What is a virtualization server?

A virtualization server is a server that is dedicated to running a bunch of different virtual machines. When you partition one physical server into several virtual machines, you can deploy, operate and manage multiple operating system instances at once on that single physical server. Fewer physical servers mean less money spent on those servers.

What is virtual machine security?

Virtualized security, or security virtualization, refers to security solutions that are software-based and designed to work within a virtualized IT environment. This differs from traditional, hardware-based network security, which is static and runs on devices such as traditional firewalls, routers, and switches.

What is a virtual machine?

A virtual machine is an operating system like Windows, Linux, or macOS that runs inside of another physical computer. An example would be if you have a Windows computer with a Linux operating system running as a program.

Is the Learn Virtualization Technology workshop really free?

Yes, Learn Virtualization Technology is entirely free, just like the rest of our tutorials.

If you're interested in how to learn virtualization technology, this free tutorial and lab is a great place to start your education.

What courses and workshops does Flatiron School offer?

Flatiron School teaches students the skills they need to become a software engineer, data scientist, cybersecurity engineer or analyst, or product designer.

If you're looking to start a new career, those are the courses for you.

We also offer free introductory experiences for beginners in coding, data science, and cybersecurity.

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