From the CTO Desk
Is My Business Ready for Virtualization?
Today SMBs have more options than ever to meet required goals. They want the ability to expand their network while consolidating their old hardware and save money. They want their mission critical applications and data in a safe, fast environment that can withstand hardware failures. At the top of the list is saving money. The name of the game now is more for less and in the starting lineup is virtualization. It's gametime ready for Small and Medium businesses.
• What is virtualization?
It is the means to simultaneously run multiple operating systems at one time while sharing and allocating the physical machine's resources. There are many benefits to this concept; the first is lower operational costs by reducing the need to add additional hardware and software. Second, improve network and application performance. Third, reduce downtime through hardware sharing and automated restart of your application servers. Forth, critical data and application recovery lowering support and maintenance cost. With today’s businesses over utilizing their server resources and applications, implementing a virtual network will reduce costs while increasing efficiencies. The investments of disk space, memory and processor power are lost when the server is working at capacity, which is 90% of the time. Virtualization's impact extends well beyond the immediate savings in hardware, power, and cooling expenses. With fewer servers to maintain, your team can focus on innovation instead of maintenance.
• How do I know if virtualization is right for my environment and company?
If your company is planning on expansion or decreasing the number of physical servers; or needs a business continuity plan; or needs to save money on power, disk space, network bandwidth or on a tight budget, then virtualization offers options for your company worth exploring.
• How can small and mid-size businesses benefit from virtualization?
The real value of managed services has everything to do with your business processes rather than the underlying technology or delivery systems. The three leading manufactures for virtualization, VMware, Microsoft and Dell, recognize small and mid-size businesses will benefit from purchasing less hardware, data redundancy and disaster recovery within this technology. All of the manufactures above have designed several hardware and software packages to fit today’s small and mid-size business budgets.
• Is a virtual network costly to implement and maintain?
When compared to a typical network expansion or a business continuity plan, virtualization is typically less expensive when implemented. The business value; a reduction in network hardware purchases, increase network uptime, consistent data connectivity keeping employees productive and a continual revenue stream for your company. Virtual servers are straightforward to maintain, easy to rebuild and clone than a typical network server avoiding continual capital expenditures and lower your IT budget.
Virtualization solutions provide a flexible infrastructure that can easily be scaled to support your growing needs in a changing business environment.