Server virtualization is not just another IT buzzword designed to bamboozle everyday computer users.
As we’ll go on to explain in this article, virtualization will save your business money when it’s implemented properly.
Before we go on to explain these benefits in more detail, let’s take a look at a definition:
Server virtualization definition
“Server virtualization is the partitioning of a physical server into smaller virtual servers to help maximise your resources.”*
The principle behind this is to be able to carry out all your required IT functions while using less hardware.
5 ways server virtualization can save your company money
The technology used in server virtualization is far more advanced than that found on most physical servers. As a result of this, your business will benefit from more uptime.
While virtual servers can still encounter problems, they’re primed to recover very quickly to minimise downtime. Compare that to a physical server in your office – you might be relying on one internal IT person to get things up and running again – meanwhile nobody can get on with their work and your business is losing money by the minute.
If you’ve got outdated, ageing servers in your business, it’s only a matter of time before they start to develop faults and the costs could be significant for your business in terms of lost productivity.
Easier disaster recovery
Having a disaster recovery plan in place is essential when it comes to your company’s IT. The process of server virtualization can assist greatly with the process through three main areas:
- Flexible hardware – server virtualization means you don’t have to replicate the hardware in your working environment with that in your disaster recovery environment. As a result you can save money on the hardware used for disasters as this won’t be used on a daily basis.
- Fewer machines to worry about – virtualization means you have fewer physical machines in your business, and it follows that as a result of this you’ll need less hardware in order to replicate and backup your servers in case of a disaster.
- Testing your disaster recovery plan – depending on your choice of server virtualization platform you may find it has software which automates much of the process when an IT disaster impacts on your business so you can recover more quickly. This same software may also be able to help you run ‘rehearsals’ so that you can see how things work in a simulated IT disaster scenario. This will reduce the likelihood of any nasty surprises when you have a real-life IT catastrophe.
Server virtualization makes your company more agile when it comes to IT. The days of having servers will lots of spare capacity doing nothing will be gone, as will the potential problem of not having the physical capacity to meet demand as your business grows.
In this modern digital age, it doesn’t make sense for any company to be paying for more server capacity than they need at any given time. Running a tighter ship when it comes to your IT department can free up budget you can spend elsewhere.
Free up more time
When you’ve got server virtualization in place, it frees up more of your time to focus on other areas of IT. This can be particularly important to small to medium sized companies that may only have one IT person in-house or are spending money on an IT support contract with an external supplier.
For example, when you have an ageing server that’s creaking and needs regular support, it will make financial sense to invest in server virtualization rather than flogging a dead horse.
As well as freeing up physical space in your office premises, having less hardware means lower maintenance costs as well as future investment costs. It’s easier to budget for your IT requirements if you know your server is running in a well-maintained, stable and secure environment as opposed to being an outdated machine stuck in the corner of your office.
Even by freeing up the physical space, your company can be more productive as that space could be used for an extra member of staff or another important piece of equipment.
Server virtualization is a great way to ‘future-proof’ your business and reduces the likelihood of hardware failures in the future.
The five points we’ve mentioned above will help to save your business money while also making it more modern, flexible and agile.
Just to recap the ways virtualization can save you money:
- Increased uptime
- Faster disaster recovery
- More flexibility
- Less IT maintenance
- A reduction in hardware