Physical servers are expensive, take up space, and consume a lot of electricity. Virtualizing your servers can help small businesses save money, and here are three reasons why:
1. No need for physical equipment
Virtualization provides businesses with the tools necessary to let go of some parts of their physical IT infrastructure. Buying and maintaining servers, whether they are in a data center environment or located at the place of business, can be a costly endeavor. When applications are created in a virtual environment, they basically eliminate the need for at least some of those machines.
Maintenance becomes easier, as well, leading to cost savings. Virtualized machines don't exist in the physical realm, so maintenance is easier and less expensive. Therefore, companies can feel free to in infrastructure services, and they can free up IT staff time for other, more productive endeavors, like increasing business efficiency.
2. Energy savings
Businesses who house their own servers pay for the electricity used by their computing equipment. According to Dataconomy contributor Rick Delgado, virtualization can help companies save money on energy costs. One server uses a lot less energy than multiple ones and requires less cooling, and electricity bills will reflect that in the long run.
3. Increased security
Cybersecurity continues to be a huge issue for small businesses. According to the National Small Business Association, the cost of a cyberattack on small businesses has increased drastically in the last two years, with the average financial burden topping out around $20,752 per attack. This is an increase of over $12,000 from two years ago.
The highly expensive nature of security incidents means that companies need to prevent them before it's too late. Virtualization can help here. When IT workers have less infrastructure to monitor, physical security can be improved. Virtualization can also help prevent the spread of infection throughout IT systems because of the isolated nature of virtualized networks. Improved disaster recovery can also be a huge advantage of virtual systems, because it's easier to create data redundancy. CIO contributor Paul Mah reported that small businesses can invest in virtualized hardware housed in a separate facility to help facilitate data and application recovery.
"In the event of a disaster, these servers could then be relocated as necessary, loaded with the latest [virtual machines] and put into action faster than the lead times offered by most IT vendors," Mah wrote.
For organizations looking to save money and gain critical IT infrastructure without having to purchase more physical machines, they should consider investing in managed IT services that can help them make the transition from physical to virtual. The experts at Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions company, can help companies cut costs and perform migrations of critical data and applications.