Virtualisation of your IT servers and infrastructure removes the software from its hardware, enabling a single physical server to host several virtual servers. Once operating in a virtual environment your server can operate several operating systems and applications at the same time. What does this mean? Your business can save capital, resources, time and IT effort.
Benefits of a Virtual Server
With fewer physical servers required maintenance and energy costs can be reduced, whilst giving your business longer hardware refresh cycles and the ability to continue to use legacy software. Business can run a number of thin and fat client applications in the one place, utilising the resources of the virtual server.
Virtualisation also offers your business the ability to offer offsite file access, more effective deployment of technology, less down time and stronger security and disaster recovery options.
Is virtualisation right for your business?
Virtualisation will not be right for every business. If you have fewer than five to seven then virtualisation will probably not work for your business, however, this will depend on your future growth plans.
What Should I consider before virtualising my IT environment?
You should be thorough in your research before virtualisation, and speak to specialists like Rainbow, who have expertise in this area. You will have to ensure that the server has enough ram and storage to allow you to run and expand your virtual servers. Another key consideration will be software licencing as running software in a virtual environment, may generate excessive licencing costs. Finally you will need to set up a failover in case of a component failure to ensure business continuity and minimise downtime.
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