We’re living at an interesting time in computer history. With hardware costs rapidly dropping, maintenance costs are now emerging as a leading contributor to the Total Cost of Ownership for IT systems.
This presents unique opportunities for forward-thinking companies that are willing to take a more strategic approach to their IT planning. By taking advantage of the time-saving features of virtualization technology, companies can free up IT time while reducing maintenance, upgrade and energy costs.
By consolidating multiple virtual servers to a single device, you can now configure new servers in 1/3 of the time that it would normally take to set up a physical box. No more going from machine to machine with a CD ROM. Now you just point, click, and the server installs itself based on the settings you’d preconfigured or the image you’d copied.
Instead of installing new hardware components such as disk, virtualization allows you to easily assign system resources on-the-fly as needed. This leads to greater overall system resource utilization, more energy efficiency and lower hardware costs.
Also, many virtualization systems will allow you get a consolidated view of the physical and virtual system resource usage across all your servers. This is much more efficient than doing it on a machine-by-machine basis. It also greatly simplifies the process of performance monitoring, vulnerability scanning, and patch management.
Another advantage of virtualization – when it comes to system maintenance – is that you can now deploy servers & systems in bulk using a single mouse click. This means new servers can be added very quickly, and servers can also be replaced just as easily.
Since IT departments are already overworked, this will free up IT resources and reduce the need for hiring additional IT staff.
And finally, virtualization makes migration easier than ever. A virtualized server can be easily migrated from one physical system to another, with much less headache and downtime than would be involved in transferring a standard physical device.
If your IT staff is overworked, or your company is struggling to attract & budget for new qualified IT staff, you may want to consider virtualization as a cost-effective way of reducing the workload of your existing team instead.