Minimizing Downtime Costs Through Virtualization

Human VirtualizationTechnology has changed the pace and space of business.

25 years ago, the average company operated on a 9-5 schedule… and most of their customers resided within in the same area code. Today it’s much more common for companies to operate on a 24/7 schedule, serving customers all over the world.

This new way of working has placed special pressures on IT departments to reduce or eliminate any unnecessary downtime. If business systems go offline during business hours at a mid-sized company, the costs can easily reach into the thousands of dollars per hour.

This means that:

  • Backup windows must be reduced or completely eliminated
  • Regular maintenance must be performed in less time
  • In the event of a disaster, servers must be restored quickly

Because of the way it improves operation efficiency, server virtualization can help reduce the costs associated with both planned and unplanned downtime.

Backing up a single physical box reduces the chances of human error of physical media failure, since you’re dealing with fewer backup devices. This simplified approach also helps to reduced backup windows. (If you’re not already running continuous backups to an off-site location or the cloud)

Since there are fewer physical devices to restore, backup recovery is faster, easier and more efficient. Also, a simplified backup process leaves less opportunity problems to arise during the chaotic moments of an emergency recovery.

Virtualization also simplifies the process of continuous server mirroring for high-availability systems that reduce (or completely eliminate) unexpected downtime.

If your virtual servers suddenly crash, these systems can be quickly reconfigured and deployed with the click of a button… from a remote location. On a physical device, this process would normally involve considerable manual labour. IT support staff would need to show up on-premises to restore the systems.

Virtual servers can also often be moved to another device without disruption to the end-user. This minimizes downtime for planned maintenance of the host system.

If your company can’t afford the high-cost of downtime – whether it’s planned or not – then you should look into switching your servers to a virtualized environment as a means of maximizing uptime and simplifying data protection.

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One thought on “Minimizing Downtime Costs Through Virtualization

  1. Martin Jairus

    Yeah, virtualization makes it easier, but the virtual server I have does hang and reboot from time to time, so there’s actually no guarantee of a high uptime. That’s why I monitor it using Hetzner’s own monitoring system and http://monitive.com for external.

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