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:

  1. Increase Server Efficiency. Arguably the most compelling reason for implementing server virtualization is to make more efficient use of computing resources (i.e. processors and RAM). Did you know that it takes just a fraction of the original hardware equipment used to host an entire infrastructure using virtualization technology? More than just accruing savings in energy and cooling costs, small and mid-sized businesses can cut their capital expenses as fewer physical servers are purchased to replace aging hardware that has reached end of life.
  2. Improve Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Efforts. Disaster recovery (DR) – in an IT sense, revolves around being able to reestablish systems to a state of normality after a disaster. Backing up a fully virtualized infrastructure by making copies of servers as virtual machines (VM’s) is a far easier process than trying to do the same with physical servers.

What does this mean for cash-strapped small and mid-sized businesses? Well, if you wanted to create a fully redundant environment that can be switched on or made ‘hot’ at a moments notice, you could purchase significantly less server hardware (maybe 1 or 2 depending on your environment) to be housed at an alternative location, like the Dataprise Data Center. In the event of a disaster, these servers can then be made ‘hot’, already loaded with the latest VM replicas of your infrastructure and applications, and put into action within a couple of hours as opposed to days.

If you haven't already starting adopting or learning about server and desktop virtualization, I'd strongly advise you to get acquainted. In a time where cost savings, business productivity, and employee efficiency are more so important, embracing technologies that can help you to gain an advantage over your competition can be paramount to your business' success.

Topics: Cloud, Virtualization