The Digital Age is a period in human history characterized by the shift from traditional industries during the Industrial Revolution, to an economy based on information computerization. One of the defining traits of this new era is the introduction of virtualization, a process by which digital versions of computer hardware platforms, storage devices, and other computer network resources are created to replace their physical counterparts.
Intense competition arose between businesses of all sizes. SMBs, in particular, would stop at nothing to surpass their competitors. That’s why businesses like yours should begin investing in IT. But with so many options available, where do you start? By assessing your company’s requirements and using them as the criteria.
It's integral for business owners to understand the advantages of whatever tool they are about to invest in. Will it improve storage capacity but hinder accounting processes? Will it enhance server resources but compromise security? In order to truly get a leg up on the rest, all these details must be taken into consideration.
Most virtualization platforms today offer advanced features that physical servers do not. These features significantly increase uptime. They typically include live migration, storage migration, fault tolerance, high availability, and distributed resource scheduling. Not only do they help virtual machines operate, they also provide quick recovery from unplanned outages. The ability to quickly and easily move virtual machines from one server to another is perhaps one of the greatest benefits of virtualization for your small- or medium-sized business.
Improve disaster recovery
Virtualization offers an organization three key components when it comes to creating a disaster recovery plan:
- Hardware abstraction - removes the dependency on a particular hardware vendor or server
- Server consolidation - reduces the number of physical machines, making it easier and more affordable to create a replication site
- Failover automating software - that can also be used to test disaster recovery failover
In order to isolate applications, data centers are typically moved to a “one app/one server” model. This results in physical server sprawl, increased costs, and underutilized servers. Besides isolating applications, virtualization reduces application compatibility issues by consolidating virtual machines across fewer physical servers. These physical server resources are maximized while providing virtual machines with the right amount of CPU, memory, and required storage.
Faster server provisioning
When a request comes in, being able to instantly provide the resources that businesses need is music to the ears of data center administrators everywhere. Server provisioning allows you to quickly set up a server either physically or virtually with the required data such as server name, IP addresses, or MAC addresses. You'll be able to clone images, templates, or existing virtual machines in an instant.
Helps with cloud migration
By virtualizing your servers, you are preparing your company’s transition to the cloud. The first step may be to move from a simple virtualized data center to a private cloud. But as the public cloud technology advances, and you get more comfortable with the thought of moving data out of your data center and into a cloud data center, you will have had a head start in getting there.
Moving your IT resources to the cloud has numerous benefits. Paramount among them is the resulting energy efficiency. Tech companies like Microsoft and Apple, for instance, have better financial clout as well as economies of scale to source the best possible deal on renewable energy. Greenpeace praised both Microsoft and Apple for their efforts in this area, and those using these companies for their cloud services can feel good knowing they're helping out the planet.
Our goal at PC Lan Techs is to see our partners reach their full potential, and even the slightest operating-system changes can make a world of difference. If you are interested in learning more about virtualization, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We're ready to do everything we can to help you stay ahead of your competition!