A dream come true for any SMB is being able to do more with less. Yet, tight budgets accompanied by high bills, ever-mounting IT needs, and time-strapped employees can make the dream of operating your business more efficiently merely a pipe dream and nothing else.
But don’t stop dreaming. Sometimes there really are ways to make what seems impossible a reality. Take virtualization, for instance. It’s a computing technique that harnesses unused computing power, often by consolidating physical server hardware, and can be just the ticket to doing more with less.
You see, even small businesses experience server sprawl, with numerous dedicated servers sometimes running just one application each. This means often up to 90 percent of computing power goes unused. Running this many servers undoubtedly increases power management costs and wastes valuable physical space, as well as adds to already heavy workloads for IT staff.
Businesses that adopt virtualization can run numerous operating systems on one physical server instead of having to go out and buy a new server each time they launch new software. The benefits that ensue include savings on energy and hardware, as well as greater business continuity. Because virtual machines compartmentalize workloads and can be backed up while running, it’s easier to recover from system or application failures, as well as conduct server maintenance. Also, in virtualized scenarios, IT staff can manage physical and virtual machines from one, unified tool, which leads to greater agility and time savings.
Virtualization has become commonplace in larger, enterprise organizations, but that doesn’t mean smaller businesses can’t benefit from it, too. For instance, SMBs that already have Windows Server 2008 will get Hyper-V already built in and can implement virtualization quickly and easily.
Click here to learn more about how virtualization can help you address many of your business challenges and really start doing more with less.
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