Most business leaders appreciate the need to innovate, but it’s easier for modern technology to become a costly burden than a valuable asset that drives growth. With limited resources, both in terms of budget and expertise, there’s a constant need to carefully evaluate IT solutions to align technology and business priorities. Virtualization makes this possible.
In IT, virtualization refers to the creation of software-defined computing resources, rather than actual, physical machines. If that makes no sense at all, here’s an analogy – consider an apartment block with only one tenant versus one which is fully occupied. Clearly, the latter represents a far more efficient and cost-effective use of space.
The same applies to IT, which is why virtualization saves money for business. Here are other benefits:
#1. Reduced capital expenses
Much like in our apartment block analogy, virtualization optimizes the use of physical assets by running multiple virtual machines on one physical server.
These days, the server is typically a huge data center with hundreds or even thousands of CPUs. In this case, the virtual desktop runs in a remote data center, while the end user accesses it from almost any desktop or mobile device, regardless of its operating system and hardware specifications.
As such, there’s no need for any high-capital investments since computer power and data storage are handled off-site for a nominal monthly fee.
#2. Fewer in-house IT staff
By choosing cloud-hosted virtual desktop infrastructures and other virtualized systems, the need for local computing hardware and software is minimal. In fact, employees can use their own laptops or tablets without having to install any apps or store business data locally.
If something goes wrong, they can either use a different device to access the same hosted apps. This makes the virtualization provider responsible for the systems running the virtual machines. In short, fewer (if any) in-house IT staff will be needed on your end.
#3. Increased application availability
Downtime is perhaps the biggest killer of workplace productivity and a costly problem. If you rely on in-house servers and workstations, you have to call an IT professional to fix things as soon as possible, since you probably don’t have a dedicated IT department working around the clock.
However, virtual computing resources hosted either in the cloud or a server-colocation facility (a data center in which a business can rent space for servers) are proactively cared for. Furthermore, service-level agreements guarantee a certain minimum level of service availability.
#4. Consolidated disaster recovery
When you store data across multiple workstations and other storage devices, each one needs to be backed up individually. That’s bound to result in forgetting something important sooner or later.
Given that data loss can be enormously costly for a business, it’s easy to see why having a robust backup and disaster-recovery strategy is also important from an investment point of view.
Virtualization allows you to consolidate your entire backup strategy, which translates to greater efficiency and integrity. This makes it less risky for your business. In fact, it’s safe to say that consolidated disaster recovery alone is a reason for going virtual.
#5. Greater scalability and agility
A physical in-house computing infrastructure needs regular upgrades to keep up with demand. For example, you might need to buy a new laptop whenever you enroll a new employee.
With virtualization, it’s a different matter. Virtualized desktops, apps, and other resources are entirely software-defined. This means they can be accessed from any device, including employee-owned machines. As such, they are easy to scale back and forth with demand. All you need is a new user account to provision a new virtual desktop without investing in additional hardware.
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