There’s no avoiding the fact that at some point in the very near future, every organisation will utilise cloud computing for one purpose or another.
Few approaches to computing offer such impressive scalability, security and reliability. According to a whitepaper published by International Data Corporation (IDC) in 2015, cloud computing is one trend that builds off the large installed base of virtualised servers.
While it’s true cloud computing often takes the spotlight, it’s virtualisation that’s allowing the trend to grow and prove successful. IDC explained that server virtualisation is changing computing, and it’s proving essential as cloud ambitions continue to grow.
Virtualisation is the key to greater organisational cost savings and improving staff efficiency. So what are some of the other advantages, and how can organisations move ahead with the approach?
What is it?
Virtualisation software, as noted above, is the key to greater cost savings within an organisation – especially when pushing ahead with cloud adoption. Virtualisation software such as VMWare, OpenVZ and KVM allow for one physical server to appear as multiple servers on a network. It’s an easy way to grow a server base without actually procuring expensive additional hardware.
Of course, there are also a number of additional advantages.
IDC noted that organisations utilising the highest levels of data centre virtualisation can see significant improvements over those organisations with the lowest levels of utilisation.
For example, these virtualised organisations will see 40 per cent more efficient IT staff operations and 35 per cent less productive time lost as a result of unplanned downtime.
Reduce costs: Whether it’s the reduced need for hardware or substantial power savings, virtualisation is most noticeable when it comes to cost savings. Few other IT trends can offer such a tangible difference to the bottom line of a business.
Rapid scalability: What usually happens when a business needs to procure new hardware? In most cases, this means waiting for new servers to arrive, waiting for a provider or IT staff to carry out the installation and dealing with any issues as they come about.
Virtualisation changes this; with a simple phone call or email, a provider can bring new servers online within a matter of minutes.
Seamless restoration: Virtualisation allows businesses to move virtual servers between physical servers without any need for modifications. This means that if there’s ever a hardware fault causing trouble, the server can be moved across quickly and painlessly.
Cut down on physical space requirements: Businesses rarely have limitless space available, meaning this is another area where virtualisation excels. As multiple virtualised servers can be provisioned on one physical server, space needs are dramatically reduced.
Virtualisation with a provider
Expert guidance is always important when moving ahead with a new IT operation. After all, going in blind could mean implementation delays, problems with support and staff understanding, and potentially even problems that never go away.
With a provider skilled in establishing virtualised servers and then carrying out regular monitoring and maintenance operations, a business can proceed knowing that the likelihood of running into problems is as low as possible.
Reach out to NetCraft today to learn more about the coming age of virtualisation and how businesses can ensure any adoption is carried out correctly.
While virtualisation can appear a foreign concept without any tangible benefit, it’s a computing approach that needs to be considered.