Nowadays, everyone in IT seems to be talking about the benefits of virtualization. But is anyone talking about the benefits of virtualization for SMB?
Actually, you might be surprised at how many small and midsized businesses have harnessed virtualization technology to save time and money for their companies.
When you stop and think about it, though, it makes sense. In its simplest form, virtualization simply consists of a physical server with a virtual machine monitor installed on it to act as a layer between the hardware and operating system. Even a very small company could probably benefit from running multiple operating systems concurrently on this layer, and running various business applications in each operating system.
It sure beats powering up a whole rack of physical servers.
Is Virtualization for Everyone?
So, can just any company virtualize? Does it make sense to look into virtualization if you haven’t even filled up your one tiny server room?
That depends. A very small company probably won’t achieve an impressive payback – at least not right away – with virtualization. But don’t let that discourage you. Instead, focus on the incremental improvements your company may be able to make.
For example, could you consolidate three physical servers into one? If so, wouldn’t you reduce your power consumption, cooling costs, maintenance costs, and overall IT workload? Of course you would.
The question then becomes, how much of an initial investment are you comfortable making to achieve these ongoing benefits? And that’s a question only you can answer, based on your company’s unique financial situation.
What’s the Payback?
If you’re leaning towards virtualizing at least parts of your IT infrastructure, know that you’re not alone. According to a 2010 Aberdeen Group report, 76% of mid-market CIOs were either currently implementing or planning virtualization projects at their companies.
What kind of payback are these early and mainstream adopters achieving?
Virtualization for SMB: Finding a Partner
Eager to tap into the benefits of virtualization, many small and midsized businesses are reaching out to IT consulting firms for help in getting started.
This is a smart move – but you have to know what you’re looking for. Rather than give you a laundry list of requirements, we’ll give you a single rule of thumb: look for an IT provider that has a designated virtualization team. By doing so, you’ll be able to tap into the expertise of virtualization specialists – rather than getting “one size fits all” service from IT generalists.
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