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Jan 16 2014

Virtualization: The future of physical servers and predecessor of Cloud

Server Virtualization, a technology used to partition physical servers into multiple virtual servers, has been increasingly gaining attention in all sectors of the market. And why should it not? When all the organizations, in the current business climate, are positioning themselves to be strategically lean by cutting costs, server virtualization comes as a silver lining in the dark Cloud. A lot of resources are needlessly expended on server management and it is about time organizations realized its benefits. Here is a list of benefits of switching into virtualized servers.

  1. Cost reduction:

    Most often than not, hardware is the one of the biggest cost drivers in an organization. Reduce the number of hardware and you would see a mirrored reduction in the organizations costs. Virtualization enables the consolidation of servers and greatly reduces the number of servers in an organization. An indirect cost reduction would be the reduction of operational costs such as maintenance, power and air conditioning.

  2. Reduced hardware vendor lock-in:

    Who wouldn’t want more flexibility in their organization? Virtualization removes the need to be dependent on a specific vendor, server or, in some cases, platform. This helps the organization look into a lot of options when they plan to upgrade or expand their equipment.

  3. Better disaster recovery:

    Virtualizations helps the organizations create snapshots of their server. These snapshots assist the organizations to quickly roll back to the “last saved point” should disaster strike and enhance business continuity. Another added advantage here is the ability to move the virtual systems elsewhere thus giving increased flexibility to the organization.

  4. Migration to Cloud:

    It is only a matter of time (and security enhancement) before which all our systems would be under Cloud. Virtualization is a step closer to making an organization go Cloud. The future steps to virtualization would involve moving into a private Cloud and when the time is right and security measures in place, the public Cloud maybe.

  5. Segmentation for development and test environment:

    Gone are the days when development and testing are cost prohibitive with physical servers. The virtualization allows creation of isolated segments (or a test environment) on the server for the developers and testers to play with and if incase the systems crashes, it can instantly be reimaged on another server.

These are few of the major advantages which are more generic to all organizations. If you are planning to move into a virtualized environment, why not contact us for a free consultation and see how cost effective and efficient we can make your organization.

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