4 Benefits of Virtual Servers

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
July 25, 2011

Although virtual servers and virtualization technology is potentially nearing mainstream, it’s never too late to jump on a bandwagon this good. And, while not all servers can and should be virtualized, there are many benefits of virtual servers when it’s a viable option. Here are four of them…

Reduce costs. Saving money permeates throughout all of the benefits listed here, but certainly with respect to capital equipment investments virtualization technology can seriously reduce IT budgets. Virtual servers run at up to 80 percent utilization versus non-virtualized servers which only run between 5 and 15 percent. With this increase in efficiency you can consolidate the number of servers required.

Reduce downtime. Virtual servers provide a more efficient means of backup thus improving disaster recovery planning. They can be replicated and spun-up faster as well, which means that any downtime is minimized. Given the costs associated with extended downtimes, the improvement in business continuity provided by virtual servers also reduces costs.

Improved efficiency. With fewer servers in your data center, virtualization technology provides for better space management. The subsequent drop in power consumption improves efficiency and saves money.

Faster server deployment. Because virtual servers can be standardized, they can be easily replicated, allowing you to deploy them faster. This results in a more efficient and nimble IT department – depending on your business, this can potentially translate into greater speed to market.

Virtual servers and virtualization technology are options you may want to consider for your data center. If you’re not sure if it’s right for your organization, there are many resources out there – or you can contact us. We’ll be happy help!

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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