By Matt Smith
There are big benefits to server virtualization.
If you’re like many businesses, keeping your servers up and running may be one of the most expensive costs you have to bear. Moreover, maintaining such equipment involves a lot of manpower. Fortunately, there’s a viable alternative: server virtualization. For a long time, this technology was beyond the reach of most businesses.
Thanks to major advances in server virtualization methodology, however, it’s been skyrocketing in popularity with organization of all sizes and across all industries. Why are so many companies turning to server virtualization? A few of the best reasons include:
Server Virtualization Is Cheaper
As most IT professionals can attest, hardware is among the most expensive components of any IT setup. Servers, racks and other equipment cost a lot of money. That cost increases even more when you consider the amount of space you have to devote to it. Keeping hardware up and running is a major expense as well. With virtualization, you can significantly reduce these costs and save a lot of money.
It Improves Uptime
Like any business owner, the last thing you want is for your servers to go down continually. The less downtime you have to deal with, the better. While it’s possible to maintain physical servers that have very impressive uptime rates, the truth is that virtualization is even better. In the event that one server experiences issues, it’s a snap to move virtual machines to others. This can all be done remotely and in the blink of an eye.
It Reduces Your IT Footprint
Are you tired of devoting considerable amounts of floor space to your servers and other IT equipment? You can free up a great deal of it by making the switch to virtualization. Some companies are even able to relocate to smaller, more affordable locations by doing so. This is another example of how server virtualization can save you money and simplify your life.
It Results in Better Disaster Recovery
Even under the most optimal circumstances, issues are going to arise from time to time. The question is how quickly your IT setup can recover from such disasters. Server virtualization makes it much easier to do so. In many cases, software is included that automates the failover process. It’s often even possible to test the failover plan as needed to ensure that it will work properly when the time comes.
It Lets You Say Goodbye to Vendor Lock-ins
Are you tired of being held captive by a particular computer vendor or on specific server models? With virtualization, you can say goodbye to such concerns. The majority of the resources are virtual, which means that they aren’t produced by any particular vendor. You may pay a company to help maintain and operate your virtual servers, but that comes with a lot more flexibility.
It Makes the Move to the Cloud Simpler
If you haven’t already started moving some of your resources to the cloud, it’s time you got started. A great first step is to switch to server virtualization. When you are finally ready to make the move, the process will be much smoother and easier.
It Facilitates Easier Backups
You’re sure to be amazed by how quick and easy it is to perform backups when you have a virtual server configuration. You can also take snapshots as needed, which makes it even easier to recover from disasters down the road. It’s reassuring to know that your data is being continually backed up and that it’s not all being stored in one physical location.
It Reduces Energy Costs
How much of your energy costs are generated by your servers and other IT equipment? Chances are that the amount is not insignificant. The cost of keeping such equipment cool is considerable too. By moving over to virtual servers, you can slash your energy costs quickly and easily. When your energy bills arrive every month, you’ll see that you’re enjoying a great return on your investment. Are you investing in server virtualization this year? Why or why not?
About the Author
Matt Smith works for Dell and has a passion for learning and writing about technology. Outside of work he enjoys entrepreneurship, being with his family, and the outdoors. Visit www.dell.com for more information.