In this day and age where everyone is looking to simultaneously boost efficiency and productivity while also reducing costs, virtualization technology may be the single best way to achieve these goals. Whether you’re running a large enterprise corporation or a small- to medium-sized business, virtualization can help your organization increase IT agility, flexibility and scalability while providing significant savings. To fully appreciate the benefits of virtualization, however, it might be most useful to understand exactly how virtualization works. At its core, virtualization is a pretty simple concept – it’s the process of creating a virtual, rather than physical, version of something. Virtualization can apply to everything from computers and networks to servers and databases. Basically, virtualization uses software to mimic hardware and create a virtual computer system, thereby resulting in technology that is simpler to manager, faster to deploy and less costly to operate.
Benefits associated with virtualization include:
- Reduced Cost. Hardware is often the most costly IT investment companies make. Reduce your hardware needs and you reduce cost. It really is that simple.
- Redeploy Faster. In the unfortunate circumstance that your physical server dies, with virtualization technology there’s no need to worry. You entire system can be redeployed quickly and end users will hardly notice there was ever an issue.
- Easier Backups. When your business leverages virtualization, your organization becomes open to a variety of improved backup and disaster recovery strategies.
- Simpler Upgrades. Virtualization technology makes upgrades to software and operating system patches much easier to implement, as the use of snapshots can allow you to roll back to a previous state if you encounter problems during the upgrade or patching process.
VMWare is an industry leader in virtualization, however there are other visualization technologies, including Microsoft Hyper-V, Oracle Virtualbox and Citrix, that are also worth considering. As you begin the process of considering virtualization for your organization, the team of experienced professionals at ATB is here to help you determine exactly what virtualization technology will best work for your specific business. Contact ATB and start realizing the benefits of virtualization today, 314-878-4166.