Posted on September 21, 2018
Virtualisation is a way to ease the pressure on your existing IT infrastructure by creating a virtual operating system on one physical server or host. With a growing reliance on IT and the increasing demands of customers and employees that need access to responsive IT systems, virtualisation is an attractive solution that can scale and adapt with your business as you grow.
Virtualisation offers many benefits for businesses. We have outlined the key ones here:
Virtualisation is designed for high usage and instant access. The way users are working today has changed over the last 5 years – with the rise in mobile technology and the increase in remote working, businesses need to keep on top of their IT to keep up with demand. Therefore, a business’ IT needs to have the server capacity to scale up or down in line with consumption.
Implementing a virtual solution into your business will bring you a significant reduction in IT costs. However, businesses need to be careful not to expect an instant saving as the initial set up costs can be significant. The cost savings will be seen in the longer term through reduced power consumption, low operating costs and easier maintenance. Users no longer need to have an individual PC for example, but instead can have a monitor connected directly to the network.
Implementing changes can be done in one action, making it an easy and cost-effective solution for many businesses. Antivirus updates, application updates and operating system updates can be rolled out the next time a user logs in. Businesses can also control the software that each user has access to, for example, if some users need specific accounting software, a virtual desktop set up can grant access to the individual user rather than rolling it out across all users.
Virtualisation can cover different areas of IT. Depending on your requirements you can choose to adopt some elements of virtualisation or go the whole hog and adopt a full virtualisation strategy within your business. We have covered four of the most common virtualisation models.
Most businesses are run from multiple servers, these are often expensive to install and require a lot of management and upfront cost to run. More often than not servers are left sitting idle and may only be used when reaching capacity. For many businesses this is an expensive, but necessary part of managing their IT infrastructure. Server Virtualisation, on the other hand, offers businesses a cost-effective way to reduce their infrastructure costs whilst still maintaining their existing resources. Server virtualisation can also increase available resource as it can be scaled up or down to fit the need of the business. Using virtual servers saves on hardware costs as it removes the need to have a large server room.
A virtual network condenses all network equipment into a single resource. Network Virtualisation separates our bandwidth into independent channels, these channels can then be reassigned to servers and devices. The benefits of Network Virtualisation include the ease at which large numbers of users can gain access with no impact on the speed of delivery as well as a significant improvement in network speed when compared to non-virtual networks.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows businesses to host a desktop operating system virtually on a central server. This server can be located anywhere in the world, as long as you have a network connection, your data will be available. VDI has become a popular IT solution over recent years as it has numerous benefits, both for the business and the end user.
According to RapidScale, VDI increases productivity by more than 98%. VDI reduces any downtime you may have previously experienced as data is instantly recovered via the network.
Easy to implement, Storage Virtualisation is a great way for businesses to secure their data and is relatively quick and painless to set up. Virtual storage models have significant benefits for businesses especially when it comes to backups and disaster recovery strategies. Having a virtual storage of all your data that can be backed up and stored across several platforms can provide peace of mind for businesses. In the event of a disaster, their data and vital applications can be instantly restored, minimising business downtime.
At SIRE, we work closely with you to understand the needs of your business. We will help to integrate a virtual system that works for you, either on-site or remotely. If you have any questions about implementing virtualisation into your business then please contact one of our experienced team members who will be more than happy to talk you through our services.