Data storage has come a long way since the days of the old-timey server that sits gathering dust at the back of your office. While your faithful on-premise server may still store important data for your company, the truth is virtualization is taking over the IT environment. You may be hesitant to make the change or, you’re just looking for some information because your IT manager has a handle on it. Whatever the case, these 6 advantages of virtualization in the data centre are a must-read for experts and novices alike.
1. Extend the life of your on-premise hardware
Often businesses are still using old and outdated hardware. While these systems no longer run updated hardware or are no longer supported by the vendor they still handle critical business information and workloads. By virtualizing data centres, your business is no longer reliant on outdated systems, allowing it to run faster and be more reliable. The added benefit is that you will still be able to keep you original hardware as part of your environment.
2. Infrastructure management
Due to the nature of virtual data centres you would not be restricted by barriers once associated with specific server brands. This means that there is opportunity for your IT team to utilise remote IT resources across various platforms, vendors and expertise. With a virtual approach to your data storage, you are almost guaranteed a smoother integration of all your resources.
3. Instant Storage and Workload Capacity
Virtualized data centres allow for instant gratification when it comes to providing systems at a moment’s notice. With no deployment issues involving cabling, shipping, purchase orders and other operational processes and procedures, productivity within your IT environment can be increased ten-fold. In addition to this management tools used by your IT support team allow virtual environments to be developed and tested in no time at all. This means virtualization in the data centre also has the capacity to increase productivity, companywide.
4. Reduced Risk.
Virtualization eliminates almost all issues that are associated with external equipment. With a high level of availability and the wealth of resources that can be made instantly available risks associated with downtime, not being able to access data or data being lost aren’t as much of a concern.
5. Reduced Cost
System hardware is often the highest cost when deploying a new data centre system. By virtualizing your data centre this can be greatly reduced. Virtualization in the data centre also allows for remote IT support. This means that maintenance on your systems can be carried out quicker and periods of downtime will be reduced. This ensures that your business is able to focus on what really matters while your IT team saves you money by doing more in less time.
6. Easier Backups and Better Disaster Recovery
Virtualization also makes it easier to move servers and redeployment is now faster and easier than ever before. With snapshots and/or backups that can be taken throughout the day, a virtualized data centre means you will have a full set of backups readily available to you. This is most valuable when it comes to data that is part of your disaster recovery plan. Information is already up-to-date and restore time can be drastically decreased and the service provided at a decreased cost.
Bonus: Better for the Environment
From start to finish virtualized data centres are better for the environment. By not using physical hardware, businesses are able to decrease their ecological footprint. Less waste will be generated in the creation of your hardware as well as the disposal thereof when you are no longer using it. In addition to this, and a money saving plus too, virtual data centres consume less power.