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Businesses that were once reluctant to invest in virtualization are now willing participants
By: Larry Alton
Aug. 9, 2017 02:00 AM
A Look at How Virtualization Is Setting Business Free from Physical Constraints
Instead of trying to determine whether or not virtualization is a good general business practice, you need to ask yourself one simple question: Does it make sense for my business?
The floodgates have officially opened. Businesses that were once reluctant to invest in virtualization are now willing participants, looking for any opportunity to reduce their dependence on physical assets and environments.
But is it worth the cost? This is a question that many businesses find themselves wondering and the answer isn't always clear.
Four Trends in Virtualization
With that being said, let's take a look at four of the biggest trends in virtualization.
1. Server Virtualization
Most large businesses have a number of different computer networks and servers. In fact, some large applications actually need their own dedicated servers to function properly. While this works, it's inefficient. Then there's the fact that servers take up physical space and generate lots of heat, thereby driving up energy costs.
"Server virtualization attempts to address both of these issues in one fell swoop," IT pro Jonathan Strickland explains. "By using specially designed software, an administrator can convert one physical server into multiple virtual machines. Each virtual server acts like a unique physical device, capable of running its own operating system."
2. Paperless Offices
While paper will never become obsolete in the workplace, we're getting to a point where it's less needed than in the past. Many companies are even using software like Perceptive Content in order to digitally manage documents and cut down on paper dependency. As long as the right implementation process is followed, this tends to work pretty well.
3. BYOD Policies
4. Cloud Technology
Comparing the Costs and Benefits
1. Expect Direct Energy Savings
2. Be Cognizant of Performance
"As a result, hardware will be designed to give the best possible performance across a broad range of the most frequently used applications," ITProPortal explains. "But this will mean that it won't be able to deliver best-in-class performance for any given application compared to hardware that was designed specifically with that task in mind."
3. Save On the Purchase of Supplies and Equipment
Take paperless communication as an example. While there are costs associated with using cloud software to handle communication, this monthly service fee often pales in comparison to the cost of regularly purchasing office supplies - including ink and paper - that would otherwise be needed.
When you look at a BYOD policy, the savings can be enormous. When you take into account savings related to hardware, support, and service plans, the average employer can save roughly $3,217 per user per year. That's a huge savings that represents serious money when dozens or hundreds of employees are involved.
That's not to say there aren't costs associated with BYOD, though. Companies will generally see regulatory compliance fees, application security costs, back-end infrastructure expenses, policy development costs, and program management expenses rise. These costs can amount to a few hundred dollars per employee per year.
When it's all said and done, most BYOD policies end up saving the employer money over the long run. Sometimes it just takes some time for these savings to be realized.
Does It Make Sense for Your Business?
Instead of trying to determine whether or not virtualization is a good general business practice, you need to ask yourself one simple question: Does it make sense for my business? The benefits have to outweigh the costs in your situation; otherwise, you're bound to fall short.
The good news is that they almost always provide a solid, worthwhile return on investment.
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