In today's competitive business environment, SMBs are always looking for ways to streamline operations and reduce costs. Oftentimes, technology can be an easy solution to both. One such technology that can help is server virtualization. According to IT Manager Daily, businesses with upward of 10 or 15 servers will definitely see a return on investment when implementing virtualization strategies. Here are some of the key benefits of virtualizing your infrastructure for small business owners:
Increase server efficiency
The biggest advantage of connecting all company servers to a virtual network has to do with how computing power can be optimized to create more streamlined operations. Virtualized servers can more efficiently use computing resources, according to Paul Mah's recent article on CIO.com, because data isn't bottlenecked by processing restraints.
When companies want to add another application to their technology workload, they don't have to add another physical machine - they can just build it into the virtual servers they already have in place with a few clicks of a mouse.
Gain competitive advantage
Virtualization can be one of the most important business management solutions a small business includes in its IT strategy. Not only can virtualizing servers allow easier computing and more efficient processes, it can offer small businesses a competitive advantage over competitors that haven't yet adopted the technology. A 2012 paper by the National Resources Defense Council reported that on an informal survey of 30 small businesses, only 37 percent of respondents claimed to utilize virtualization techniques. Maximized computing efficiency means more business gets done in a smaller time frame.
Virtualized servers can help minimize downtime in server function, as well, leading to increased business continuity. A feature called live migration can be used to move virtual machines between physical server hosts without needing to shut down the system, reports Mah. If a business never has to be offline, this saves time and, ultimately, money. In addition, Fox Week reported that when using traditional IT infrastructures, adding new servers or applications can cost a lot of time, but with virtual machines, the process can be instantaneous.
Small businesses need a scalable solution that can easily grow with the organization while keeping costs variably low. A virtualized environment uses fewer physical machines reducing server costs; additionally, it is easy to increase storage as needed. Companies can also save money on energy bills because of the consolidation of many physical servers into virtual ones.
According to EnergyStar, the Uptime Institute found decommissioning a single 1U rack server can save companies $500 annually in energy costs. Since virtual machines cost less in the long run than renting space in a data center, saved funds can go toward other important considerations and can be focused more toward business revenue.
Virtualizing your environment can be the solution you need to run a smooth and efficient operation. Contact Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions Company, today to talk to a business consultant about your virtualization needs.