Haven’t implemented virtualization, but curious to find out if your business could benefit? You’ve come to the right spot. This post highlights some of the biggest advantages of virtual servers for business – and this list doesn’t even cover it all. Virtual servers lead to considerable savings and other significant benefits. Ready to learn? Here are six ways that businesses can benefit from virtual servers:
The most popular reason to switch to virtual servers is to save money. Businesses save on what would otherwise be purchased physical server hardware, power and cooling, and management and maintenance. The savings are obviously dependent on the business, factoring in the resources it requires, the traffic it receives, the storage needed, and the budget. However, overall, virtual servers have proven to be the cost-efficient option, especially with their pay-as-you-go model. Think about it in terms of three different types of expenditure. Organizations save on capital expenditure because they are no longer investing in pricey hardware – instead, they essentially rent space on hosted servers that are managed for them. And savings on energy expenditure occur because there is a reduction in energy consumption when less hardware is required. This lowers utility bills. And finally, businesses experience operational expenditure savings because more work is completed in less time. Users are more productive and efficient, as is the infrastructure.
2. Disaster Recovery
Even with precautions in place, server failures happen. This could be due to any number of issues, from electrical issues to hardware failures to disaster situations. That’s why it’s important to have the best disaster recovery in place. When your business works on virtual servers, it can easily restore backups onto any Internet-capable device and automate testing and failover when emergency strikes. A business can replicate data easily and experience quick and easy restore. This is all simplified in a virtualized infrastructure, though it still requires some due diligence. The team in charge of managing your infrastructure should make it a priority to closely monitor the backup processes and continuously make sure all parts of the process will perform properly in case of a disaster.
Businesses naturally experience growth and lulls, and it’s important to have a computing solution that can adjust during these periods. Virtual server infrastructure is extremely scalable, allowing an organization to add a new server or increase RAM or CPU with the click of a button. Virtualization helps businesses avoid purchasing new, expensive equipment every time they experience growth. Instead, virtual servers can be spun up in minutes by cloning existing machines. This leads to a couple of perks. A business can eliminate a lot of extra hardware, and decrease the time it takes to launch new products and services. It can also experience practically instantaneous capacity and service, because provisioning and deployment can truly happen at a moment’s notice.
There’s still some fear surrounding security in virtual environments. The fact of the matter is, though, that these solutions often provide stronger security than most organizations can afford to have in place with traditional methods. And you may refer to heavily publicized security breaches in the cloud, but when you look closer, almost all of these incidents were not the fault of the provider. A lot of them boiled down to simple human error on the business side. With virtual servers, a business can experience enterprise-grade security for affordable costs. Security becomes centralized through the hypervisor software, which adds that virtualization layer, meaning that the IT team doesn’t have to go secure each individual server. Instead, they can focus on ensuring the proper safeguards and controls are in place overall, and then move to strategic business projects.
5. Simplified Management
Management becomes a lot easier in a virtual environment, mostly because a lot of these responsibilities transfer over to the provider. As for the business side, the administrator can log into the central management environment and view the solution and infrastructure. This is also the place to add or subtract resources as necessary. Better yet, this type of central environment leads to more statistics and reporting regarding your infrastructure.
Did you know that most physical servers only run at 25% of their capacity? This leaves a lot of leftover memory and processing power that just goes to waste. Virtual servers, on the other hand, are physical servers that host multiple virtual servers, meaning you’re getting more out of that one machine, and that one investment. Virtual servers are efficient in multiple ways. As we just described, they are space and cost efficient, but they also reduce costs in power and cooling, and the data center footprint. Virtual servers help companies avoid server over-provisioning, which was once necessary to meet demands. Today, virtual machines meet your needs as they arise.
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