You might think that virtual servers and machines are solely the preserve of larger enterprises, but you’d be wrong. Here’s five reasons why you should make the move to a virtual world.
1. You’ll increase your uptime
Many virtual servers have features you just don’t find on physical versions and these features can help you to maintain continuity and uptime – there’s live migration, fault tolerance, enhanced availability and distributed resource scheduling. These things all come in handy when there’s a power outage or some other problem and even when it’s all plain sailing, your server will keep purring along happily. With a virtual machine you can move it from one server to another with great ease, especially if you’re already outsourcing your IT support to a company like Probrand.
2. You’ll make disaster recovery easier
Going virtual gives you three big strengths for recovering from a disaster. There’s hardware abstraction, for a start. You’re no longer dependent on one type of server or hardware – you don’t need to keep spares of your hardware on-site. You also benefit from using fewer physical machines in your servers so this is easier and cheaper to recreate if the worst happens. Lastly, business virtual platforms have built-in software that performs the failover automatically; this software also tests the failover, too. This means you can see whether it’s worked rather than getting all your IT staff to hold hands and chant…
3. You can separate applications
Before widespread virtualization, data centers used to use a one app-one server model so the apps were kept apart. However, this led to a big old sprawl with big old costs and some under-used servers. If you go virtual, you can keep all your virtual machines on fewer servers. There’s no more wasted server time and space because you’re making the most of each physical server and each virtual machine gets all the storage, memory and CPU it needs.
4. You can keep older applications for longer
Everyone has a few legacy applications still chugging away somewhere – or not chugging away, even. Whatever state they’re in, you’re not getting the best out of them because they don’t run on your new operating system or new hardware, or they may be so old that no-one in your IT team wants to bother with it. If you virtualize the application, you can start using it again, maybe even bring some modifications in, and finally get rid of that ancient dusty old dinosaur machine languishing in a corner. Result!
5. You’ll find it easier to move over to the cloud
You might have thought about going virtual quite a bit (even before reading this post), but chances are you’ve thought about going over to the cloud even more. Going virtual is a step closer to achieving full-clouddom (it’s a thing). Think about it, you’re abstracting your hardware and using virtual servers and machines already, so moving to a cloud facility won’t be that much of a leap, either psychologically or logistically. You might start off with your own private cloud, and then later migrate again to a public cloud as the tech and the public’s trust grows.