All new technologies are greeted with scepticism when they first appear. How can they do that? How will that work? That is not possible. These are all common responses. With virtualisation it is the same. How can you replicate the operations of physical machines, actual hardware and software with virtual things and how can it benefit my business?
The fact is that a reputable provider of business IT support will, these days, almost certainly recommend the introduction of virtualisation into your IT department. Why? Because the technology is efficient and effective.
Efficient because replacing actual computers saves space and energy, thus saves your business money. Office space is freed up as bulky, heat-emitting machines are removed. And the energy needed to power them and to cool them is also saved.
Effective because all aspects of your IT operations can be smoothly replaced by virtual equivalents, with no diminution in the scope and effectiveness of your IT outcomes. In fact, virtual components and virtual systems offer even greater capacity and flexibility than their actual counterparts and they can be maintained, tested and upgraded quicker too.
And probably best of all is the improvements in business productivity that virtualisation can bring. Aside from the benefits already mentioned which enhance the adaptability and computing power of your operations you can almost bring to an end the costly downtimes caused by IT malfunctions and crashes.
With virtual hardware there are no parts to wear out or fuse etc so straight away downtime is reduced. But also when a network goes down or data is lost, virtual recovery is far quicker so saving you time and money.
So what can be virtualised? And what are the benefits?
Server Virtualisation – In Server Virtualisation, servers take up more space than any other part of your IT system, so virtual replication in this area is the most beneficial. And the replacement of servers is far easier than before if anything should go wrong.
Desktop virtualisation brings the obvious benefits of virtualisation down to individual users of your IT system. Support and investment costs are greatly reduced.
Hardware Virtualisation – all your business IT hardware can be virtualised including storage devices, increasing the efficiency and the security of all your data and assets. There will be less maintenance required and the perennial problem of obsolescence can be solved for good.
Using the advice of a good provider of business IT support you can be advised in detail of the benefits of virtual systems such as the VMware application model and be as step closer to far greater IT business productivity.