Virtualization offers real and attainable multi-faceted advantages for small businesses. Here are some tangible benefits:
Low operating costs
A growing number of businesses are using virtualization because the technology helps to reduce costs drastically. For instance, server virtualization eliminates the need to have physical servers, which are typically costly to run and maintain. In addition, instead of purchasing separate licenses for each server, you would only purchase one license and host additional servers at no extra cost (some limitations and exceptions may apply). With fewer physical servers, you also save money on power bills, maintenance fees and datacenter office space and fees.
Increased hardware efficiency
Server virtualization makes more efficient use of computing resources; it becomes possible to increase the utilization of your servers from 15 to 80 percent, eliminating the need for extra servers. You essentially consolidate multiple physical servers onto one machine running a number of virtual servers. As such, you would cut your capital expenses.
Virtual devices allow faster installations of new server applications and/or routers as well as to switch software services, since you don’t have to order equipment. Instead, all you need is to configure a new virtual machine, router, switch or storage drive using your special virtualization management software tool. The process typically involves copying an image, significantly reducing setup times.
Improved disaster recovery
Backing up virtual infrastructure normally entails making copies of virtual machine file images – an easier process than working with different physical servers. In addition, hosting an entire virtual infrastructure doesn’t require much equipment, so small businesses can buy fewer servers that are housed at an alternative location and which could be easily recovered in disaster events.
Improved business continuity
Server hardware failure is the most common cause of data center failure. In a virtual server, live migration is a feature that helps maintain business continuity by eliminating downtime. Administrators seamlessly move live virtual machines between physical server hosts without turning them off and without downtime.