Improve server performance and utilization with virtualization
For businesses with too many underutilized servers or increasing IT costs, virtualization is a relief by fundamentally changing the way IT resources are managed and deployed.
What is “virtualization”?
The most simple definition of virtualization is the creating of a virtual version of something. This could be an operating system, server, storage device, or other resources. One common example would be someone who has divided their hard drive into multiple partitions.
As defined by Dell,
“Virtualization allows you to run multiple applications and operating systems independently on a single server. Additionally, administrators can quickly move workloads from one virtual workspace to another – easily prioritizing business needs while maximizing server resources.”
Virtualization allows you to both 1) Save on resources and 2) Quickly reallocate resources.
Savings on Infrastructure – You need not employ extra infrastructure if you wish to add software/hardware/applications to your network. Virtualization allows you to use the same infrastructure for different purposes. As explained above, you can create virtual environments that suit your needs.
Savings on Maintenance Costs – In a traditional environment, expansion or implementing a new project would mean increasing cost of service and support. As you are using the same infrastructure, you can use the same service for creation and maintenance of the virtual environments. If you are using a third-party service provider for virtualization, you need not bother about maintenance either – thereby focusing on the quality of projects.
Saving the Environment – As you would be using pooled resources, you will not increase the infrastructure. You may even cut down on the existing infrastructure in case you come up with a virtualization plan that lets you do so. This will reduce the consumption of electricity for running the computers and cooling devices – saving on the emissions that harm the environment.
Saving Time – As the system of virtualization is automated, it quickly re-provisions the resources to suit your needs. You need not wait for configurations to be applied on hardware and software and this saves a lot of time.
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