Virtualization: Are you on board yet?
Its official: virtualization has hit the mainstream. Three or four years ago, IT professionals and customers were leery about virtualization, or maybe some just hadn’t gotten around to it. Today, however, it is no longer new technology – but established. It is now just one of the additional tools that will be used inside the data center. The risks involved with virtualization are minimized as well – with more adoption comes less apprehension. Virtualization out of the gate is becoming an accepted practice; it is now almost second nature for new startup companies to virtualize. That being said, there are still companies who have not yet adopted virtualization, and reasons for that may vary.
Certain mainframe servers cannot be virtualized on VMWare because it would not fit their infrastructure. Manufacturing, data entry and large banking institutions are known for using Sun or Unix servers that do not support virtualization. If they are running normally and are stable, these companies are likely to continue buying more sun servers rather than completely changing their infrastructure. Not only would they have to change their product, but their whole platform as well.
Another reason is that certain companies may not be educated on virtualization, and therefore don’t know about the significant savings and advantages that come with it. For a company whose data center has 15-20 servers, IT systems people are busy all day long keeping everything running – and don’t have enough resources to internally investigate virtualization.
The benefits of virtualization are non-debatable, however. By virtualizing the data center, you also greatly decrease the workload on the IT staff because you have fewer moving pieces. With virtualization, there are only three or four servers and fewer hardware resources to manage. Traditionally, there are a lot of physical moving parts, as well as more hardware resources that need to be managed. Virtualization allows for an increase in the ability to manage all servers and a decrease in maintenance costs.
In a virtualized world, templates can be built of servers so that copies can be made – this ensures that the operating systems are all the same. It also provides you with the confidence that every single server is backed up and saved. Also, when it comes time to build a new virtual machine, you don’t have to order and rebuild all new servers. With VDI, bringing new servers online can now take five minutes verses a matter of weeks it would take for professionals to deploy the applications in the previous world.
When deploying virtualization, professionals can manage up to five times more servers than normal. The benefits are undeniable; VDI is the only way to go. Ready to make the switch? Continue this conversation with a Mosaic professional today by clicking here.
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