As cloud use grows and with the rise in workforce mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD), the need for data center and server virtualization is in-demand to maintain high levels of performance, availability and security.
Laura Stotler of InfoTech Spotlight writes, “virtualization software separates physical infrastructure, enabling multiple applications and systems to be run simultaneously on the same hardware. Organizations can immediately reap the benefits of cost savings on hardware and operating expenses since fewer servers are essentially needed to run a variety of systems and software. Virtualization is the powerhouse behind cloud computing and offers massive potential when it comes to how data centers operate.”
Ms. Stotler calls out cost and environmental savings as advantages of virtualization. In her article she cites an IDC survey that found “in the U.S. virtualization has the potential to save companies $1.9 trillion in gross energy and fuel costs through 2020, as well as 9.1 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions.” Virtualization can also increase time to market for services – impacting ROI.
Jack Wallen of Tech Republic outlines additional advantages of virtualization:
- Reduced hardware costs.
- Less heat. Servers generate heat, but with virtualization you can use less servers therefore produce less heat.
- Virtualization allows for full backups as well as snapshots of your virtual machines
- Faster redeploy. Virtual machine snapshots can be enabled quickly sometimes with just a few clicks.
- Testing environments can be isolated from end users so they can continue to work and you can continue to test
- Better disaster recovery
- Virtualization brings you one step closer to taking advantage of the cloud
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