As covered in Part 1, small businesses can also benefit from virtualization as large companies have. Part 2 will discuss Better Business Continuity, Improved Disaster Recovery, Increased Productivity, and Simpler Data Center Management.
The ability to swiftly recover from a server crash or power outage is what makes business continuity possible. Both are commonplace and can result in both loss of revenue and reputation for a small business owner. Picture a boutique hotel unable to confirm reservations or check in guests because the server crashed. A company that virtualizes its data center will help ensure business continuity.
If a manmade or natural disaster occurred, what would happen to your company’s operations if your on-premise servers were destroyed, along with the stored business data? Well, it would no longer be operational. Fortunately, virtualization, cloud computing, and regular backups to the cloud will eliminate most of this concern.
By implementing virtualization, IT staff will no longer be required to replace hardware, remove malware from computers and servers, and perform time-consuming and difficult tasks with physical machines. Virtualization will allow your organization to easily clone and deploy new computing resources. Physical maintenance, management, repairs, and recovery that normally consume precious time will be minimized, and more effort can be spent on business-critical tasks instead.
Perhaps two of the largest concerns of data center management are redundancy and disaster recovery (DR). They can both be addressed by a sound virtualization strategy. The cloning of your company’s data servers will create backups that can be readily implemented if your data center is encountering problems. A sound backup and DR solution will also be required for ensuring data integrity and minimizing downtime. Virtualization will also allow scaling your organization’s data center for increased storage or bandwidth. When it becomes necessary to have more computing resources, a new virtual machine can be implemented with reduced time and effort.
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