Why Virtualization?

According to Gartner’s report, “Market Trends: x86 Server Virtualization Worldwide 2016,” more than 75% of the world’s server workload is already running on virtualized platforms. Why is the adoption of virtualization so high and what are the benefits of virtualization? Should you consider virtualization for your IT infrastructure?

Here are some of the top reasons for virtualizing your server workloads –

Reduce costs on space, power, and hardware: Consolidating servers reduces the need to buy new hardware, saves a significant amount on the utility bills for power and cooling, and reduces the space requirements at your office/data center. Reduced energy requirements will directly contribute to decreasing your organization’s carbon footprint, thus helping our environment.

Maximize your current investment: Industry statistics show that most server hardware is under-utilized. Virtualization allows you to re-allocate resources, like disk/RAM, to accommodate more servers. Instead of buying a new server, virtualize the current server—install additional OS and applications, if the hardware has adequate resources.

Increase uptime/availability: Virtualization allows you to have multiple servers in order to load balance or for failover, therefore keeping your infrastructure more available to your users. You can even plan your maintenance during business hours by taking one of the servers offline.

Business continuity & disaster recovery: Virtualization makes it possible to easily and drastically improve your backup and disaster recovery. Image based snapshots, made from your virtual server, can be quickly restored and brought up in minutes on another virtual server. This could be on-site, at another branch location, or in the cloud.

Faster provisioning/scalability: Deploy new servers and applications in minutes, rather than hours and/or days, using pre-made, saved images. Based on needs, you can quickly and easily scale up or down on the resources allocated. Adding new physical hosts to your existing virtual environment is painless, and it increases your capacity and availability, almost instantly.

Easy to manage/lower TCO: A single console manages your entire virtual environment. You can tweak settings to upgrade RAM/disk space for individual servers, without ever leaving your desk! You can initiate a remote boot up without the need for additional technology, like HP iLO/Dell iDRAC. Virtualization makes your environment hardware independent – you can spin up servers on most standard equipment available on the market.

Test new roll-outs/prototype new applications: You can easily test upgrade/patches without breaking the production server. Bring up a replicated guest OS to test your new software, patch, or upgrade.

Legacy application support: Create easy-to-restore, image-based backups for legacy applications that would otherwise be difficult to recreate after failure. Virtualizing that server will help you restore it onto almost any other hardware.

Better security/application isolation: Many clients and their vertical application software vendors would prefer to run their application on dedicated servers. Virtualization allows you to do so without increasing hardware costs. This allows you to enhance security by giving you the ability to isolate applications, and do patches/plugins without affecting others applications. This process makes all parties—users and vendors—happy. You can create independent user logins without compromising access to other applications that the user is not authorized for.

Support virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI): VDI is a solution where desktops run as multiple virtual machines inside hosts, and are delivered to the users over comparatively inexpensive computers. Apart from the lower cost of these client devices, the majority of the cost savings comes from user/client device management. Many organizations are finding VDI to be very effective. Virtualization allows you to be ready for VDI.

Cloud ready: Virtualization gets your environment to a state where it is easier to migrate to the cloud. While not all IT environments, servers, and applications are good fit for the cloud, the majority of the average business servers are well suited. Virtualization gets you ready for the cloud-inevitability!

Contact us today to explore which of the above benefits can help your business and we will have a cost-vs-benefits discussion with you.