Amanda Lennon has found happiness and new levels of security in a virtual world symbolized by an empty computer rack.

Lennon is information systems manager at Delaware Federal Credit Union (, where virtualization technology has been used to maximize the use of multiple computers by replicating multiple operating systems and the software they run onto single computers.

In addition to making the most of its investment in its existing servers, the $213 million credit union is enjoying new backup capabilities at its backup site and is now in the process of extending that to its home office.

Dover-based Del-One is using VMware tools on the product side and the consulting services of Interphase Systems of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., to deploy the technology.

Lew Smith, practice manager for virtualization solutions at Interphase, said the technology allows users to “get the horsepower you bought with your computer, rather than the 5% to 15% you typically get in the world we live in now, where the best practice has always been to pin one major piece of software or application to one server or rack of severs.”

“Virtualization at its very basic level is a decoupling of your operating system from the hardware. For all intents and purposes your virtual machine that is running in your virtual environment is data, so you can back up that data just the same as you can back up a machine,” Smith said.

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