Virtualization is possibly one of the most important issues facing IT professionals and forcing a thorough overhaul of the technology industry.
The benefits of switching to virtualization technology allow enterprises to maximize output.
Organizations are constantly striving to achieve maximum optimization in their IT infrastructure systems. Whether it is running high end enterprise applications or storing large volumes of data, companies look for ways to implement newer technologies that help them to scale faster. Today, organizations are looking for more optimized solutions for their onsite data centers. Considering that performance is key, the solution lies in setting up virtualized data centers.
Some of the Key Benefits of Data Center Virtualization are
Much work has gone into developing data centers that do not get heated, but no matter how much one tries, if your company uses a lot of hardware servers, it is bound to get hot. Experts believe the best way to curtail overheating servers is to reduce the number of servers used for data management. Possibly the best way to achieve this is through virtualization.
Hardware certainly adds to the overall costs of having and maintaining a solid data center. But when the number of hardware servers is reduced, the costs are also reduced. Additionally, there is the advantage of maintaining virtual servers which is easier compared to that of a physical server.
Imagine your physical server has crashed. Do you have a backup server ready? Is the data on the backup server up-to-date? Do you have an image or clone of your server? If you don’t, then the task of redeploying your server is painstaking, and will consume a lot of time. If you have a virtualized data center, however, the process is relatively simple and quick. There are also virtual backup tools like Veeam that assist in expediting the process to mere minutes.
Not only can you take backups of the virtual server, you can do the same with virtual machines. These machines can be migrated between each other and redeployed quickly, including taking automatic snapshots throughout the day to ensure that the data is up-to-date.
Another advantage to having a virtualized environment is that testing becomes less cumbersome. Even if you commit a major mistake, all is not lost. All you have to do is go back to the previous snapshot and continue working.
Easier Disaster Recovery
The disaster recovery process is very simple in a virtualized environment. With regular snapshots giving up-to-date data, your virtual machines can easily be backed up and recovered. Even if a disaster strikes, virtual machines can be migrated to another location within minutes.
No Vendor Lock-In
Since hardware and software are off the table in a virtualized setting, your company is not bound by any vendor. Since such virtual machines are agnostic in hardware configuration, there is no dependency on any specific vendor, server type, or platform.
These are just a few of the many benefits of virtualization. Beyond that, virtualization also helps to contribute toward green technology and reduces the headaches that system administrators face when working with physical servers. Companies would be wise to start leveraging virtualization, even if it is for a simple function like file storage. Begin at a small scale, and you can eventually migrate your entire infrastructure to a virtualized environment, reaping the benefits along the way.