Quite common in today’s business world, virtualization consists of two components: the host, also known as the hypervisor, and the guest. The host is the primary physical software that creates the virtual environment in which the guest software operates, often taking the form of an application or operating system.
Benefits of Virtualization
What are the benefits of this highly innovative technology within the context of a modern business environment? For starters, here are five key benefits:
- Cost-Efficiency: Virtualization greatly reduces operating costs by decreasing the number of physical servers required. In addition to saving money on hardware costs, virtualization software also helps companies conserve energy, further lowering expenditures.
- Greater Loss Prevention: Virtual machines can be thought of in the same way as files on a computer, meaning that backing them up and restoring them takes a lot less time than it does on physical machines. Furthermore, a detrimental event such as a crashed hard drive won’t affect a virtual computer in the same catastrophic way it would its physical counterparts. This makes for superior recovery and backup functionalities, both critical features for prolonged company data maintenance and insulation against organizational hardware failures.
- Easily Implemented Updates: Virtualization presents a simplified alternative to the classic challenge of physical hardware updates. Instead of having to laboriously remove old hardware piece by piece until you finally get it right, users can now upgrade memory, add new hard discs, and more with just a few mouse clicks.
- Simplified System Management: Operating multiple virtualized systems through a single physical host computer greatly simplifies overall management and it’s much easier than overseeing a large number of separate physical systems. Additionally, Virtual Machines can be given more computing resources as needed, while a plethora of easily obtainable add-on tools are always available to further simplify matters.
- Improved Data Security: Within a virtual desktop environment, better data security is not only possible but prevalent. Since both the company software and data reside on virtual servers in a secure data center rather than being spread across a large number of disparate workplace devices, increased security is intrinsic.
These are just a few of the many reasons to consider virtualization in the New Year. As technology improves, the modern business environment will need to stay adaptable and nimble. Similar to the recent popularity of implementing cloud technology, software virtualization is an inevitable progression towards streamlined workplace optimization and a more viable, cost-efficient business environment that’s as convenient and accommodating as it is user friendly.
If you would like to to gain a better understanding of how virtualization can positively impact your business, contact Centrality for a free technology consultation.