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Server virtualization is becoming commonplace for businesses today. It partitions your physical server into smaller virtual machines (VMs) to maximize server resources. Virtualization allows you to virtualize your entire IT infrastructure or just specific aspects of it, and simplifies your overall IT infrastructure to promote efficiencies. Server virtualization has many benefits. The following are some of the most important ones:
When your business migrates physical servers to VMs monthly power expenses and cooling costs are greatly decreased. In addition, with server consolidation you’ll reduce the size of your data center footprint. You’ll need fewer servers, networking gear, and racks, lowering both your hardware and maintenance costs. Cutting down the number of your physical servers will also reduce your power and cooling requirements. In addition, purchasing new hardware to support additional business applications won’t be necessary, instead you can just need to add a new virtual server.
Server virtualization provides application isolation and eliminates application compatibility problems by consolidating virtual machines across fewer physical servers. This allows you to fully utilize physical server resources and provision VMs with the precise required amount of memory, CPU, and storage resources.
Virtualized servers offer live migration, so contents can be migrated to another server when you need to perform specific tasks without shutting them down. With live migration, downtime is no longer an issue. You can ensure your data is always available, even if a server shuts down, so business continuity is greatly enhanced.
Simplified Transition to the Cloud
If you’re considering moving your data permanently to the cloud, the process is a lot less complex when virtualizing your servers. The data stored on virtualized servers is already free from hardware, so making the transition to the public or private cloud simple.
The benefits of virtualizing even a small infrastructure are vast, from increasing efficiencies to reducing costs. To learn more about server virtualization and how we can help your business realize these benefits, give us a call at (309) 263-5600 or send us an email at: sales@clearpathIT.com.