Some small or medium-size businesses have an IT infrastructure where each application runs on its own dedicated server. These applications can be anything from email to data storage, and they leave plenty of computational power unused. This is now a very outdated and inefficient practice thanks to the concept of virtualization.
More and more businesses around the world are learning about the many benefits that come with virtualization. Through this process, instead of powering each application with a dedicated server, your company can leverage the full computational power of a machine to run multiple applications, creating what are called “virtual machines.”
We won’t confuse you with a deluge of tech lingo, but by using something called a hypervisor, you are able to create multiple virtual machines on a single machine, which is called the “host machine.”
Technical jargon aside, let’s talk about what you want to know as a business owner: How does this benefit my business?
- For starters, cost savings associated with virtualization are significant. And, if you’re a small business owner, this has to be music to your ears. With virtualization, not only are you able to lower your capital investment in hardware, but it will also require less effort in regard to systems administration and maintenance. Virtualization lets you get the most efficiency out of your servers.
- Disaster recovery is simplified and more effective with a fully virtualized IT infrastructure. Hopefully you will never have to put your DR plan to the test, but in the event of an IT disaster, a virtualized infrastructure allows you to restore everything back to normal a lot quicker than you would with an infrastructure comprised hardware. This ensures superior business continuity.
- Virtual environments are perfect for testing things like security patches and updates before you deploy them on a live system. You want to know, before you implement these important solutions, that they will function how you want them, and doing it in a virtual environment provides a chance to do so.
- More flexibility and agility for your business. Small businesses experience ebbs and flow in regard to their IT needs. Through virtualization, you are able to respond to those changes seamlessly, without fear of investing in hardware or software that you might end up not using.
- Better accessibility for your entire workforce. Virtualization provides simpler, easier access for even those that might work from a remote location or are constantly on the road.
When rolled out the right way, virtualization can be an incredible and powerful asset for your business. With your business’ productivity and security on the line, it’s vital that you work with IT professionals that are able to develop an extensive plan, accounting for all of your needs, and then designing and implementing a virtualized environment that fits those needs.