With the considerable costs that a business’ hardware investments can bring, it only makes sense to identify any means to optimize these costs available. One very effective means of doing so is to adopt a virtualized environment, either hosted onsite or in the cloud. Let’s take a few moments to consider how virtualization can benefit your organization.
How Business Computing Has Changed
Not all that long ago, businesses had much more limited options in terms of their network infrastructures. To expand, a small business would need to purchase an entirely new server for each specific purpose they wanted to fulfill. While this did provide the business with more control, it also limited those businesses that couldn’t handle these financial investments with their available budget.
This led to some significant waste, as it prevented servers from being used to their full capacity and resulted in a lot of resources going unused. When virtualization is employed, on the other hand, the same hardware can be utilized to support multiple processes. This can help decrease a company’s need to invest in more infrastructure by a significant and impactful margin.
How Virtualization Works
Basically, rather than necessitating a fresh server to be used for each hosted application, a single server can be divided up to take on multiple different tasks. Considering the cost that each server could incur to acquire and maintain, this reduction of hardware can translate to significant financial savings.
Don’t get us wrong—initially implementing virtualization can be a sizable investment to make. However, the long-term reduction in hardware acquisition and maintenance can make this investment a worthwhile one, and that’s before you consider how it helps to increase your IT’s accessibility. Such implementations can also help to reduce your need of a centralized workplace environment… and reduce your hardware costs, management costs, utility costs, and maintenance costs by a significant margin.
These savings can then be reinvested into other initiatives as the business enjoys the capabilities that a virtual environment can enable. With minutes standing between new environments and consolidated security features, businesses can operate far more efficiently.
Virtualized environments can now be hosted in the cloud, now accessible thanks to their improved security and affordability. Putting the benefits of these approaches together can—in exchange for some reduced control of your data—give businesses more advantages than ever. One way or the other, your company’s finances can be better spent using virtualization.
Interested in finding out more about virtualization and what your company’s options are? Give Setton Consulting a call at (212) 796-6061 today.