What is Virtualization?
Many organizations continue to run Windows XP on majority of their desktop PCs, due to the fact that migration typically requires costly hardware upgrades, time consuming transfers, migration and conversion of settings, databases, and user retraining, or because there’s simply no convincing reason to move users to a new OS and the new application software that goes along with it. In some cases, both justifications apply. In many cases, everything works perfectly as is, and the only reason upgrade of servers and software is recommended is because of the pressing OS Support discontinuation issue. However, with proper measures in place things do not have to be fully upgraded to software vendor’s specs. It can be customized with virtualization to server the business purpose as is while keeping costs down to minimal.
Virtualization is a new technology that allows businesses to take full advantage of their server or workstation hardware. Typically, a company buys a server and installs an operating system on it. At this point, the operating system and the hardware collaborate on 1/1 bases to present 1 server or few servers. Virtualization technology places a middle man between your server’s or workstation’s hardware and software. This allows you to take full advantage of the power you paid for in the server hardware, as well as providing your company with a flexible way to deploy new systems, test systems and continue to run old systems open-endedly.
Virtualization Lets You:
- Run multiple operating systems on one computer, including XP Operating System. This is like having multiple servers or workstations all within one physical computer.
- Test new systems before deployment. Not all companies can afford a testing environment, but having a virtual server in place provides that testing environment. A company can now test new software to see how it works for them without investing in new hardware to try it or risk damaging existing systems.
- Run old programs or operating systems. Have an old server or workstation that runs an old program that will not work with the latest and greatest computers? No problem, Virtualization allows you to convert that existing old system to a virtual machine that can run on new hardware.
Benefits of Virtualization:
- Maximize ROI on your hardware investments. Most traditional servers operate far below their capacity. Virtualization provides greater utilization of up to 80% capacity of every server.
- Save money with reductions in hardware costs. A virtual server can save a company more than $1500 per year.
- High availability systems. Virtualization allows a company to quickly and easily migrate to new server hardware in the event of upgrade or disaster. This will greatly reduce downtime and keeps your company productive.
Virtualization Right for Your Company?
The benefits are there for almost any company. If you are considering purchasing a new server, a new workstation or adding another server to your network in the future, you should seriously consider a virtual solution, especially if there is nothing wrong with your current business routines, security or needs. The Loan Consultants’ I.T Department is always happy to help you better understand virtual technology and find the best solution for your company.