As more companies make the move to virtualized environments, it’s important to understand exactly what the benefits of virtualization are so that you can make an informed decision about your own company’s infrastructure.
Here’s a look at some of the reasons why you may want to make virtualization a priority:
Less Hardware, Less Cost
Server virtualization reduces the amount of computer hardware that a company uses by consolidating the functions of several servers onto one physical machine. With desktop virtualization, desktop information such as stored data and user settings are stored externally, allowing companies to take advantage of cost-saving technologies like thin clients. Both of these strategies can decrease maintenance and upgrading costs as well as infrastructure-related expenses such as datacenter cooling.
Ease of Management
Virtualized environments are easy to manage. Rather than updating one PC or server at a time, IT managers can send out software updates, patches, applications, data, and settings to select users or to the entire company from a centralized location.
One of the primary advantages of a virtualized environment is its flexibility—you can build the system to meet your needs and modify it “on the fly” without disrupting accessibility. In addition to being flexible, virtualized environments are also scalable. You can add or remove virtual machines as your company changes.
Virtualization can actually increase the security of critical data and systems. With all your information stored in one place, you can implement stringent encryption requirements, single out access requests, and block threats before they reach your system. All of these things are much harder, if not impossible, to achieve when the information is spread out across multiple physical machines. That being said, it is important to ensure that you implement server redundancy and data backups to make sure you are protected from hardware failures.
Are you ready to take the plunge and adopt virtualization in your business?
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About the Author:
Brian Jensen works with Dell. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with his family. He has a passion for learning and writing about all things technology.