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Jul 20, 2017

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The benefits of IT virtualisation

As more businesses start to appreciate the benefits of virtualisation, we regularly see an increase in uptake of systems such as Microsoft Office 365 and cloud based email applications such as Google Mail. But look under the hood of these businesses and you’ll also see an increasing demand on virtual server setups.

The reason for this shift towards virtualisation is that IT Managers are starting to realise their full potential. Through increased application availability, with greater flexibility and scalability, while also able to offset large capital outlay and operation costs, by opting to move away from physical hardware.

It really is win-win for businesses. Either opt for hardware that carries an initial cost, requires maintenance and will only ever depreciate in value. Or, consider a virtual setup that is cost effective, and that enables your business to respond to IT challenges efficiently by allocating additional resource as and when it’s needed. For small to medium size businesses especially, virtualisation is often the desired solution to work within a tight budget as the savings can generally outweigh the costs. 

The benefits of virtualisation are clear: 

Although virtual solutions can be on-site, due to the removal of additional hardware while no longer requiring a designated onsite server or data storage room, it can be seen as a space saving solution.

In addition, it can greatly improve business continuity strategies and in a disaster recovery situation it can support your backups, restore and vastly improve your recovery time objectives. 

Ease of upgrading and scalability is a key area for many businesses, as it provides the perfect environment for sustainable business growth.

Sharing of resource, as it can be reassigned dynamically to handle fluctuations in workload, to ensure constant levels of high performance and make the most out of underlying hardware resources.

It’s worth mentioning that although virtualisation carries many benefits, it may not be the right solution for every business. Rather than virtualising your entire IT infrastructure, it might be worth considering doing it in stages, such as with some of your IT applications. It’s likely this will improve productivity and provide your work force with flexible working environments. You may even want to consider the benefits of virtualising your business critical applications, however, this will need to be determined on the needs of the business.

Whichever way you look at it, virtualisation systems are fast becoming a must have for most businesses, and as demand shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon, it looks like we are all going to start becoming far more accustom to operating our businesses virtually.