About three years ago, in March 2012, a milestone was reached — somewhat quietly. The Gartner Group released a study in that month that stated that over 50% of servers are virtualized. A later report stated further that by 2016, that number should reach 86%.
If your IT infrastructure has more than one server, it pays to consider virtualization. Here are three important benefits to this technology:
Fewer physical servers mean you’ll be using less electricity for machines and cooling. Your server “farm” will also take up less space. Even if “going green” in not a major initiative with your business, saving space and power has very material benefits in reduced costs.
Faster Server Provisioning
Any physical server has a checklist of things that must be addressed to be deployed. The machine has to be spec’d, and sourced. Software licenses need to be ordered and procured. When the server arrives, it needs to be set up with the operating system, required applications, put into place, and hooked up to the network. With a virtual server, the steps are simpler and quicker because you “create” the machine, allocate resources, install software and put it on the network – all from a console interface.
Improve Disaster Recovery
The increased agility for server provisioning described above also has very important implications with regards to disaster recovery. Provided you are backing up the data and an image for your servers. A crashed server could be replaced in a matter of hours rather than days by simply adding a virtual machine and restoring the crashed server from the backup.
Virtualization in the “post mainframe” context has been around for about ten years. Isn’t it time to stop calling it “new” technology and embrace the benefits it offers? Clare Computer Solutions has years of experience in virtualizing server environments. Contact us today to get started!