Virtualization refers to the act of creating a virtual (versus actual) version of something, including virtual hardware platforms, operating systems, storage devices and network resources. Virtualization, in all its forms, includes server , desktop and storage virtualization.
By 2016, IDC predicts that enterprise adoption of virtualization will increase to 20%, increasingly becoming the new standard. If that doesn’t drive the point home, consider this: enhanced performance and decreased expenditures – now that’s a language that all CFOs speak.
“Enterprises have realized a number of benefits from virtualizing their servers—namely, cost savings and flexibility. Virtualization enables organizations to make more efficient use of the data center’s hardware. The majority of the time physical servers in a data center are simply idling. By implementing virtual servers in the hardware, the organization can optimize the use of its central processing units (CPUs), as well as its hardware. This solution gives enterprises an ideal use for virtualization’s benefits and cost efficiency,” writes Stefan Bernbo for The Data Center Journal.
Still unsure of virtualization’s advantages? Take a look at the benefits breakdown in the Virtualization Cheat Sheet from Bernard Golden:
- It saves money: Virtualization reduces the number of servers you have to run, which means savings on hardware costs and also on the total amount of energy needed to run hardware and provide cooling.
- It’s good for the environment: Virtualization is a green technology through and through. Energy savings brought on by widespread adoption of virtualization technologies would negate the need to build so many power plants and would thus conserve our earth’s energy resources.
- It reduces system administration work: With virtualization in place, system administrators would not have to support so many machines and could then move from firefighting to more strategic administration tasks.
- It gets better use from hardware: Virtualization enables higher utilization rates of hardware because each server supports enough virtual machines to increase its utilization from the typical 15% to as much as 80%.
- It makes software installation easier: With software vendors tending more and more towards delivering their products preinstalled in virtual machines (also known as virtual appliances), much of the traditional installation and configuration work associated with software will disappear.
Highly available infrastructure and affordable services can be accomplished with the right design, topology and technologies. Infinix has partnered with the best virtualization vendors. Our highly experienced engineers will help SMBs to fully understand the wide range of business and technical benefits available when implementing a virtual Infrastructure, and how to maximize the opportunity.