Virtualisation is a complicated field that is constantly evolving, but one thing mostly remains the same: its benefits. Read on for a simple recap of just a few of virtualisation’s greatest advantages...
1. More technology uptime
Virtualisation vendors use fancy names for the features of their technology, but behind all the technobabble are some revolutionary concepts. Take “fault tolerance” for example. When you use virtualisation to pool multiple servers in a way that they can be used as a single supercomputer, you can drastically increase uptime. If one of those servers goes down, the others continue working uninterrupted.
Another example of this is “live migrations,” which is just a fancy way of saying that employee computers can be worked on by technicians while users are still using them. Let’s say you’ve built a bare-bones workstation (as a virtual machine on the server), but you need to upgrade its storage capacity. Virtualisation solutions of today can do that without disconnecting the user and restarting their computer.
2. Better disaster recovery
Data backups are much simpler in a virtualised environment. In a traditional system, you could create an “image” backup of your server — complete with operating system, applications and system settings. But it could be restored to a computer only with the exact same hardware specifications.
With virtualisation, images of your servers and workstations are much more uniform and can be restored to a wider array of computer hardware setups. This is far more convenient and much faster to restore compared to more traditional backups.
3. More secure applications
In an effort to increase security, IT technicians usually advocate isolating software and applications from each other. If malware is able to find a way into your system through a software security gap, you want to do everything in your power to keep it from spreading.
Virtualisation can put your applications into quarantined spaces that are allowed to use only minimum system resources and storage, reducing the opportunities they have to wreak havoc on other components of the system.
4. Longer technology lifespans
The same features that quarantine applications can also create customised virtual spaces for old software. If your business needs a piece of software that won’t work on modern operating systems, virtualisation allows you to build a small-scale machine with everything the program needs to run. In that virtual space, the application will be more secure, use fewer resources, and remain quarantined from new programs.
In addition to software, virtualisation also encourages longer life spans of old hardware components. With virtualisation, the hardware an employee uses is little more than a window to the powerful virtual machine on the server. Employee computers need only the hardware required to run the virtualisation window, and the majority of the processing takes place on the server. Hardware requirements are much lower for employees and equipment can be used for several years.
5. Easier cloud migrations
There are several ways virtualisation and cloud technology overlap. Both help users separate processing power from local hardware and software, delivering computing power over a local network or the internet. Because of these similarities, migrating to the cloud from a virtualised environment is a much simpler task.
How can Diamond help?
There is no debate about the benefits of this technology. It offers centralised IT management, faster hardware resources, improved business continuity, and reduced overhead costs. We can help you discover how it could benefit your business. To contact with our team here at Diamond IT simply give us a call on 1300 307 907 or complete the form below.
Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.