Many new developments in the software world tend to have but a single range of useful applications. Word processing software, for example, is well suited to improving the production of text-based documents but can do virtually nothing to assist with the financial accounting needs of a company. Virtualization, however, is different. It can be used in a variety of different ways to improve the overall efficiency of other IT solutions already in use. In this sense, virtualization is an umbrella technology that can arch over the deployment of many other areas of information technology.
Common Uses for Virtualization Technology
Some of the most common reasons to use virtual servers include an improved system for backup and disaster recovery, but to focus on this reason alone implies that virtualization is only useful as a ‘just in case’ sort of application. This is not the case at all. Server virtualization also allows businesses to improve their workflow by adjusting the availability of workloads on computing systems in a dynamic, as needed basis. Computing resources such as storage space and CPU cycles can be allocated to those users who most need them at that instant in time.
Moreover, once virtualization has been put in place, it provides high levels of efficiencies as additional virtual machines are created; this is done by developing a standard set of images that can be deployed quickly when more VMs are needed. Finally, server virtualization also enables the development of a private cloud environment.
IT consulting firms can help your business see how virtualization will improve IT in your particular situation.