Incorporate Virtualization Technology Into Your Business
In the past decade, an increasing number of businesses have been implementing virtualization strategies. Most large businesses have adopted virtualization, but smaller businesses are now starting to catch on to the trend. Small and medium businesses generally have more limited IT budgets. Still, secure, fast, and reliable IT infrastructure is critical to business operations.
Put simply, virtualization technology is the process of running multiple ‘virtual machines’ on a single physical machine. These virtual machines can be servers, desktops, applications or other IT processes. In this way, these virtual machines are able to share the physical resources of a single computer while maintaining their own virtual environment.
In general, virtualization technology can ensure your organization is more agile, robust, and responsive to the ever-evolving conditions. Virtualization allows businesses to consolidate services onto fewer physical devices, thus reducing the space, power, bandwidth and administrative requirements.
Benefits of Virtualization Technology
Reduction of capital expenses
By minimizing the hardware they require, organizations will save on hardware purchases. As a result, maintenance and administration costs will be lower. Additionally, fewer machines running means reduced power bills. The most significant aspect of the reduced expenses, though, is the decreased server costs, especially related to replacing the hardware every three years. Tangential costs reduce as well, since there are fewer machines taking up rack space.
Staff productivity is increased overall with virtualization technology. The IT professionals employed or contracted by the business will be pulled away less often to set up new servers for each application and thus free up their time to focus on more important and mission-oriented tasks. Additionally, non-IT employees will experience less IT-related downtime, in turn increasing their own productivity. Finally, easier IT administration will reduce the amount of planned down-time a business experiences.
Enhanced business continuity
Business continuity solutions are often expensive and complex, but virtualization minimizes the overall complexity of these needs. This process allows for easier data backup, faster recovery of key applications and systems and more cost-effective and reliable fail-overs to secondary systems when disaster strikes. As such, virtualization technology ensures business continuity is optimized even at the worst of times.
More responsive business operations
With virtualization technology IT professionals in your organization will be more available. They are more quickly and effectively able to manage other needs, optimize their flexible time, and focus on strategic initiatives. With technical needs taking up less time, business operations needs can move up in priority.
Increased data security
When all data and applications are stored using virtualization technology, your IT professionals can easily implement necessary security patches across the enterprise at once. Without it they have to physically install the necessary software on each machine. This ability minimizes the time and cost of such security measures and minimizes lost productivity due to data security practices.