Virtualization Basics: Using Virtualization Solutions for Remote Work
Do you use virtualization solutions in your business network? Did you know they can reduce costs and increase efficiency?
By the end of the year, 97 percent of businesses will use server virtualization technologies. Benefits include more efficient use of resources and supporting a remote workforce.
If you aren't sure what virtualization means then we're here to help.
Here's a simple guide that outlines some virtualization basics and how they can help your business.
Let's break down what the term virtualization means.
In simple terms, virtual apps let you create and manage software on your computer network. Because they're independent, they take less room on your servers making things work at 100 percent capacity.
For example, say you have a Windows Small Business Server managing your files. You also have a server running Exchange for email. They run at 50 percent capacity but you need them both.
Virtualization creates a 'virtual' computer system or virtual machine (VM). This is an isolated app with its own operating system. A physical server can host multiple virtual machines and acts as a host. You no longer need two servers, just two VMs.
The software that combines the physical server with the virtual machines is called a hypervisor. It manages resources and allocates memory and processing power.
Alura offers only the best virtualization software to our customers.
Microsoft's hypervisor software, Hyper-V, is an excellent tool for Windows 10 systems. As a Microsoft Small Business Specialist, we offer dedicated support for Windows customers.
Benefits of Virtualization Solutions
Here are some of the main benefits of using virtual technology. Spoiler – your business is going to make big savings!
Reduce Hardware Costs
When you implement a VM solution, one server runs at full capacity. Up to 16 virtual machines can run on a single server. This reduces maintenance and capital expenses.
A reduction in physical servers also reduces cooling and energy costs. 'Going green' becomes a reality through virtualization. Combine them to create lower bills and better PR.
Traditional servers took time to set-up and update but with VM software, deployment takes minutes.
You can clone an existing virtual machine onto a new server if one goes down. No more waiting to install an OS or software patches. The time saved adds up when engineer costs are reduced. Your staff becomes more productive as systems keep running.
The main thrust of VM is you don't need physical access to a computer. But what of employees at home who don't have your company's software installed? VM comes to the rescue.
Staff log in to the virtualized server and use it like they would their own operating system. Programs installed on the server are now accessible. And as VM uses the server's resources, apps run smoothly.
Join the Virtual Revolution
We've explored some virtualization basics and the benefits the technology brings. But who can you trust to set-up and manage these systems for your business?
Alura offers expert virtualization solutions to suit all budgets. We offer quick and flawless migration so downtime is minimal. And as your company grows we'll be there to scale with you.
Contact us today to discuss your requirements. We'd be happy to answer any of your questions and demonstrate our 'high touch' customer care.
Join the virtual revolution and start making huge savings with Alura.