March 29, 2016
The future of the data center is here, and it's virtualized. If you're looking to cut costs, streamline operations, and even make the old data center greener to show some love for planet earth, virtualization is your answer to all these issues and more. Here are some of the most powerful reasons why virtualization benefits today's data center.
|Would you like to get rid of the hunk o' junk in the corner and have a nice, sleek-looking data center from now on? Your legacy system can live on a virtual server, and you can toss the hulk into the recycling bin.|
1. Preserve the Life of Legacy Systems
Is your organization holding on to old legacy systems that won't run on today's hardware systems and is no longer supported by the vendor, but still handles critical workloads for your company? Virtualization frees you from that antiquated machine that you keep stuck in the back just to run the dinosaur. You can now keep your pet system without the hideous, slow, dysfunctional box that has housed it since the Bush administration.
2. Lower Operational Costs in the Data Center
Running a sprawling, ever-growing set of servers is costly. Not only is the hardware expensive, but you've also got to pay to cool the stuff down and maintain it. Virtualization eliminates much of the hot, expensive hardware so that you can reduce operational costs, including the amount of space you need to house the data center, which is quite expensive in some zip codes.
3. Deploy New Servers in Minutes
If a physical server goes down, it can take hours to get it repaired or replaced, even longer if you don't happen to have a replacement sitting around somewhere. It can be out even longer if you have to order one or send someone out to buy one. A virtual server can be up and running in just minutes, freeing up your IT workers for other tasks and minimizing the downtime experienced by users (who are often losing productive work time during a server outage).
4. Simplify the Processes of Backups and Disaster Recovery
Virtual servers don't require lengthy backups that suck network performance. Backups are just a matter of getting Snapshots, which can be taken multiple times during the day. That means that if you do have to go to a 'backup' Snapshot, you don't lose much at all in the way of data. Virtualization greatly simplifies the process of disaster recovery if your organization happens to be hit by something like a massive data breach or a natural disaster.
5. Provide the Ideal Testing Environment for Developers
When developers test a project and it goes horribly wrong in a physical server environment, it can cause real problems that affect your systems and users. Virtualized test environments allow developers to isolate their projects from the users, while keeping it online for testing purposes. If everything goes awry, developers simply revert to a previous Snapshot and carry on. No harm, no foul.
6. Claim Independence from Greedy Hardware & Software Vendors
Virtualized servers reduce the consumption of electricity and lower the amount of waste produced, making your data center greener.
Physical data centers are tied to specific proprietary hardware and software. Are you sick of that? Many organizations are. Virtualized servers are hardware and software agnostic. A virtualized server doesn't care if they're on a system built by ABC Company or XYZ Inc. It completely frees your data center from proprietors trying to box you into using only their stuff.
7. Add "Going Green" to the List of Reasons Customers Love You
If "going green" is important to your business' image, a virtualized data center consumes less power, produces less waste, and generally has a lower impact on the environment. Whether green initiatives are a heartfelt part of your company's policies or just something that sounds really good on a marketing brochure, virtualization is definitely a greener way to go.
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