The biggest trend in network technology today is virtualization. It is estimated that as much as a quarter of all servers shipped around the world today are virtualized and businesses are now applying this technology to applications, desktops and even storage as well.

Virtualization is the key to remaining competitive in a market that is always expanding, growing and evolving. You can’t allow out-dated technology to hold you back in the business world. Your IT network should enable you to grow and change along with the competition, outpacing them whenever possible.

The cost associated with advancing IT network technology can be a burden on most businesses, particular small and medium-sized organizations. It is more important than ever before to find a cost-effective solution for your IT environment that will allow you to make effective change and stay competitive without blowing your budget.

Virtualization: Servers

Reducing cost, space, power and cooling are just some of the advantages associated with using a virtualized server. A typical Windows-based server only uses somewhere between five and ten percent of its actual capacity, allowing for a physical server to be consolidated at a rate of ten to one. As a result, a physical server can run 10 virtual servers.

Other advantages include the ability to move those virtual servers around as a means of providing a whole new window of opportunity for disaster recovery and business continuity services. When you consider these benefits and advantages, it all just adds up to good business sense:

  • less energy required
  • reduced hardware cost
  • less hardware to maintain and store
  • flexibility for disaster recovery
  • easy server set-up and maintenance

Virtualization: Desktops

One of the greatest advantages of virtualizing a desktop is having the ability to separate the applications and operating system from your desktop computer. This works to reduce the cost of purchasing a computer by as much as 40%.

Virtualization also frees up memory and resources that would normally be used to power the operating system and applications, giving you more power and speed to run your business. Another advantage is that by running these processes at the server level, your users can access important files and proprietary applications using any device or connection. Overall, the savings and benefits to desktop virtualization include:

  • better control and access to applications and data
  • lower maintenance costs
  • lower upfront costs for purchasing desktop computers
  • reduced costs for operating systems and applications
  • increased memory and resources for each workstation

Virtualization: Applications

In a world where technology is moving as such a fast rate, it is important to create greater efficiencies wherever possible. Application virtualization physically removes the application from the operating system, allowing it to be more portable, manageable and compatible with other users and devices.

Physically-located applications utilize a large amount of bandwidth and can take up a lot of space on the computer itself. Virtualization allows heavy applications to be streamed to users on-demand rather than forcing them to install them on desktop computers or other devices. There are many advantages to application virtualization, such as:

  • less maintenance required
  • less strain on physical hardware systems
  • reduced power required to run applications
  • improved security
  • greater support and ability to perform upgrades

Virtualize Your Network

Interested in virtualizing your business network? Contact Integra Network Services at 508-482-5510 for more information on how virtualization can save you time and money, while giving you more power and flexibility at the same time. Our IT consultants will be happy to show you all the ways that virtualization can improve your network experience.