In today’s competitive market, companies are constantly looking for ways to improve the efficiency and availability of their resources and operations. Virtualisation is a broad term that involves designing a virtual replica of something, like a server, operating system, or storage device. Virtualising your IT infrastructure enables you to decrease IT expenses while increasing the productivity, adaptability, and performance of your existing resources. While there is a multitude of reasons why your company should be utilising this type of technology, Revolution IT has compiled a list of the top five benefits of virtualisation:
Virtualisation improves responsiveness because you can set up desktops, applications, and servers rapidly and flexibly. You will be able to spend less time on maintenance and more time on the business at hand through streamlining and automatically managing various tasks. Virtualisation drastically improves operations by allowing a quicker response time to accommodate your ever-changing business needs. You can scale up when you require extra capacity and scale back when you don’t.
2. NO DOWNTIME OR DATA LOSS
Virtualisation dramatically improves business continuity by making it easier to survive unexpected IT disasters or system crashes. Essentially, the virtualisation process involves creating a virtual copy of one of your servers and then hosting it on a virtual machine. Traditional backups can take days or even weeks to recover your data. Virtualisation methods can be used to recover from a system crash within minutes.
Server consolidation allows you to get more out of your existing hardware by operating numerous virtual machines (VM) on just one actual, physical server. Not only do you cut down on operating costs, but having fewer servers means spending less money on acquiring and installing new equipment.
4. TOP-NOTCH SECURITY
Consolidating your data centre provides you with more control. You can manage all of your security requirements from one place with ease. Virtualisation can provide significant security benefits by giving you a safer, virtual environment to test out new network components, like software. As mentioned above, system recovery is quicker, which means your data is less vulnerable.
5. REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT
It has been said that the daily power consumption of a typical office is equivalent to the monthly power consumption of thousands of homes. Operating fewer servers means that there will be less electricity and cooling requirements. There is also management software available for virtualised environments that have the ability to move workloads to a smaller number of servers when workload and service level agreements allow it. The unused servers can be powered down, further reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint.
According to ZDNet’s IT Priorities 2013 Research Study, almost half (49 per cent) of Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) organisations have taken advantage of virtualisation’s multiple benefits. To ensure your company maintains its competitive edge, contact Revolution IT today. We will audit your current infrastructure and explain how we can assist with your virtualisation requirements.