4 Benefits of Switching to a Virtual Server

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 8/19/14 8:00 AM

4 Benefits of Switching to a Virtual Server

Virtual server cost savings

Running a business server can get expensive. Between maintenance, equipment, housing, and security, the costs add up very quickly. In fact, for most businesses that don't have very specific and specialized server needs, running a server in-house is a gross inefficiency. Even co-location, the practice of housing a server at a communal space while paying for the equipment and maintenance yourself, is usually unnecessary for most small and mid-size companies. An alternative that makes much more sense, both financially and practically, is a virtual server.

In a virtual server environment, your company's server exists as a virtual machine running on a shared server operated by a hosting company or managed service provider. Because your server shares physical space and computing resources with others, costs to individual servers remain low, and maintenance is split between everyone on the server and figured into the monthly costs up front. So, what are the benefits of switching? Here are the top four.

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Topics: Cloud, Virtualization

The Versatility of Desktop Virtualization

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 4/4/13 8:20 AM

The Versatility of Desktop Virtualization

I’m assuming that most of you have heard of server virtualization by now? Well, in this brief article I’m going to talk strictly desktop virtualization, which has become an increasingly popular trend for businesses or individuals that need to run multiple applications or ‘environments’ at once.

In a nutshell, desktop virtualization is creating virtual computers or ‘machines’ or ‘VMs’ that run on existing physical computing resources. For example, we can create virtual computers that run and use the same hardware from your ‘host’ computer, i.e. RAM, hard disk, processors, and other devices.

Desktop virtualization can refer to either running complete operating systems on top of a host system such as a PC or Mac, or a server that emulates entire ‘on-the-fly’ user desktop environments via hardware terminals called ‘thin-clients’.

Let’s quickly explore both types.

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Topics: Cloud, Virtualization, Technical Project

Lessons in the Storm: Disaster Recovery

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 12/6/12 6:09 AM

Lessons in the Storm: Disaster Recovery

In the wake of hurricane Sandy, the Eastern Seaboard’s tech sector has begun a return to normalcy. Not only did it fare in many cases better than expected but thanks to social media, relief efforts were bolstered and more volunteers mobilized than in other recent disasters. Lessons emerged as well, ways to improve response and more effectively guard against the unexpected.

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Topics: Cloud, Disaster Recovery, Virtualization

4 Ways to Work in a Virtual Team

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 6/19/12 4:16 AM

With today’s technology employees can easily access each other regardless of where they are. Business travel can be expensive, time-consuming, and unproductive, with the present cutting-edge technologies available there are alternatives to travel and face-to-face meetings. Virtual environments effectively support a balanced work/life lifestyle and can help reduce your company’s overall carbon footprint.

Tips for building a virtual team:

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Topics: How-To, Virtualization

Virtualization for the SMB

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 5/26/12 5:41 AM

Virtualization for the SMB

Since making its debut now over 10 years ago, virtualization is one of the most important technologies that the IT industry has been blessed with. I’d even go one step further and declare that virtualization has pioneered a top-to-bottom overhaul of the computing industry.

Virtualization is being used by a growing number of small and medium-sized businesses to reduce operating costs in a number of areas such as: purchasing physical servers and associated hardware, power consumption and air conditioning, and server room / data center footprint.

A major benefit of server virtualization is high availability for critical applications and the ability to streamline application deployments and migrations. Virtualization can simplify IT operations and allow IT organizations like Dataprise to respond faster to changing business demands.

The socio-political ramifications of global warming requiring good corporate citizens to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets, creates an added incentive for virtualization.

Here are a couple of reasons why you should consider embracing virtualization technology:

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Topics: Cloud, Virtualization

Disaster Recovery Planning for SMBs

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/23/11 8:44 AM

Disaster Recovery Planning for SMBs

According to a recent Symantec study, one in two small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have no disaster recovery (DR) plan in place in the event of a network outage, loss of data or other IT disaster. SMBs are putting themselves at risk of losing their businesses if they have not designed a plan to protect their data (emails, accounting data, patient and client files, company records, legal records and other important documents and information).

Representatives from all departments in a business should be involved in the development of a plan to ensure all critical systems and processes can recover from any possible data loss activity.

Here are tips on what is needed in a DR “tool kit” to help minimize a disaster’s impact on a business’ IT assets:

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Topics: Cloud, Disaster Recovery, Virtualization

The Benefits of Virtualization

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 12/14/10 4:25 AM

Benefits of Virtualization

Today, like many larger enterprise companies, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are adopting virtualization. Why? Like most business decisions, the decision to virtualize comes down to cost savings and productivity gains. This technology minimizes hardware costs by moving from physical to virtual (i.e. software-based) servers. The radical shift from traditional “big iron” hardware solutions to virtualized “cloud” based systems allows users to operate one piece of hardware to support multiple systems.

An SMB can run several virtual machines on a single real computer system and the virtualization software will provide memory, processor and other hardware resources to each virtual machine. This shift enables IT administrators to allocate these resources quickly, to the highest priority applications and to the business needs that require them the most. Additionally...

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Topics: Cloud, Virtualization

Remote Access Options

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/11/10 9:08 AM

Remote Access Options

The Telework Research Network http://undress4success.com/research/telecommuting-statistics/ estimates that 20 to 30 million people currently work from home at least one day a week. In fact, there are an increasing number of workers who say their workday begins before they set foot in the office – conducting work responsibilities from their home computers or smartphones. Mobility, especially in the business sector, is an expectation for many and for that reason there are many applications that provide access to the home-based computers from anywhere in the world.

Here are a few of those applications:

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Topics: Virtualization, Innovation, Mobile

Tips for Effectively Working on a Virtual Team

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 3/4/10 11:37 AM

Tips for Effectively Working on a Virtual Team

Technology now enables co-workers to easily work together regardless of where they are located. Business travel is exhausting, expensive and time-consuming, but today businesses can choose from a wide-range of teleconferencing solutions to reduce or replace travel. Being able to work in a virtual environment also supports green initiatives by reducing a firm’s carbon footprint, and helps employees keep a healthy work/life balance by allowing them to spend more time with their families and less time on the road.

Consider the following solutions when building or maintaining a virtual team.

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Topics: How-To, Virtualization, Mobile

How the Right IT Solution can Save your Business Money Today

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/4/09 11:24 AM

How the Right IT Solution can Save your Business Money Today

In this new era of fiscal responsibility and uncertain economic times, all businesses are looking for ways they can save money and be more productive. Information technology (IT) enables companies to be more efficient and effective; it can help them save money. Leveraging the right technologies by adopting recent advances in IT allows companies to enhance value and gain a competitive advantage.

Here are six key recommendations on how IT solutions can help save your business money:

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Topics: Managed Services, How-To, Virtualization, IT Spend