The Benefits of Switching from a Multi Server Environment to Virtualization
In a business world where it is necessary to implement multiple servers for a variety of different functions, it is very easy for a data center to become overwhelmed with server technology. When you deploy a server for each business function such as email, customer relationship management, asset management, ERP and more, it increases costs in terms of management and maintenance. It also leaves processing capabilities under-utilized with the server space that is leftover.
So, what are some of the benefits of switching to virtualization
and what is the impact on routine business operations and the economics of a large organization?
Server Virtualization Simplifies IT While Saving Time and Money
The setup process for virtualization takes time in terms of assessment, configuration, testing, and training personnel. However, once server virtualization is in place it can save time and money while simultaneously increasing organization productivity. IT professionals can troubleshoot from one centralized location and easily copy one server to another instead of being required to change multiple standalone units.
In the area of maintenance, IT personnel can easily perform upgrades, distribute resources to other servers, and easily bring a server down for maintenance and launch it again within a short period of time. This process is much easier than conventional server technology where it is necessary to install the server inside a rack, perform connectivity, and then configure the technology according to the needs of the organization.
Server virtualization allows IT technicians to operate the management controls from a single location and create an additional server with a click of a button. Instead of taking up to one week depending upon the configuration, IT personnel can add a server within a matter of hours.
Increased Productivity with an Organization
When switching to virtualization the focus shifts from the infrastructure, maintenance, and management issues associated with conventional servers, to continual improvement of applications and services. By implementing virtualization organizations can maintain a competitive edge without the expensive price tag that typically accompanies advanced programs that increase efficiency and productivity.
Reduced Energy Costs and Friendly to the Environment
With conventional server technology there is a lot more to be concerned about when it comes to the amount of energy it takes to run standalone servers which are running one or two applications on each server. The energy consumption can be quite costly especially when you compare it to virtualization.
Physical servers that are migrated to virtual technology eliminate multiple standalone servers that are consuming a lot of power. Many organizations have reported up to 50 percent in energy cost savings with maintenance costs reduced by as much as 30 percent. This makes virtualization better for the environment while reducing operational expenses.
So the question that businesses should be asking is, “When should we switch to virtualization?” instead of “Should we switch to virtualization?” For more information about Thrive Networks ‘ virtualization solutions please contact us!