Server virtualization is a powerful term that has a lot of important people buzzing for its possibilities. But amid the clamor, it can be easy to not have a full understanding of what sever virtualization actually is or why it will help your business. The following will serve to point out some of virtualization's most powerful benefits.
Defining server virtualization
Server virtualization is the process of splitting up one physical server into several partitions, which allows each virtual server to function independently. Each virtual server can run its own operating system and use only as much memory as it needs. An entire company's worth of different divisions may be able to fit onto a single server, making virtualization a valuable data storage simplification strategy for any business.
Empower employees with adaptive technology
Each organization has a unique way of streamlining the workflow of their employees. Maybe you have everyone using the same type of hardware and software, or perhaps you allow everyone to "do their own thing" with their own personal devices. While this can work to an extent, server virtualization is more effective because the same physical server can feature as many partitions and operating systems as your organization needs. For example, virtualization would enable you to have graphic designers running on Mac computers, while your accounting team works in a Windows environment.
Another benefit is that each department would no longer has to maintain their own physical server. And if there are compatibility issues between existing hardware or software and a new component, they can be resolved relatively quickly because of the centralized nature of virtual servers.
Save space and reduce overhead costs
Servers require power to operate them, floor space and air conditioning to keep them from rapidly overheating. In the case of virtual servers, you can potentially consolidate a large number of servers into one or two servers that will use a fraction of the original amount of power, while taking up much less place.
In addition, the heat produced by each server is a relatively fixed amount of BTUs. Naturally, having less physical servers due to virtualization saves the amount of heat that is produced. This means you can funnel capital typically taken up by the costs of electricity, air conditioning and space toward more revenue-generating business objectives.
Minimize data loss and streamline data transfers
Upgrading components or changing locations can be a serious problem if you require significant up times, as most businesses do. But with server virtualization, you will operate a server where everything is contained in files that may be transferred and copied at will. Not only will this dramatically decrease the likelihood of catastrophic data loss, upgrading your server will be as simple as adding the new physical server, transferring all of the files, and then removing the old one.
No matter how you slice it, operating a physical server or farm of servers is complicated. It requires additional manpower, extra space and the allocation of funds to cover any overhead infrastructure costs. Consolidating your business’ physical servers into a single, virtualized solution will make every operational task and project feel more streamlined, efficient and accessible at a more reasonable cost.