Moving to a virtualized workspace is one of the most significant trends in today's business world, but companies dipping their toes in these waters need to understand in advance the types of costs that come along with IT solutions that incorporate virtualized servers. There are three main types of costs associated with virtualization: software, hardware, and labor, which often take the form of a managed services approach to IT services.
In order to virtualize, companies need to own the type of hardware that is most appropriate for the technology. This will involve paying for such items as sufficient CPU and memory as well as input/output devices and networking devices. Hardware costs will also include associated items such as the ongoing electrical consumption that the virtualized workspaces will consume as well as the service and maintenance needs of the equipment going forward.
Virtualization does require certain hardware, but at heart, it is a software solution. Companies will need to purchase a virtualization platform. Common ones include Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper V, Citrix XenServer, and VMware's vSphere. Businesses may also need software tools to help them administer the new virtualized workspaces.
Initial installation and set up of a system of virtualization will require some expenditure on labor from an IT company that has experience in this field. Afterwards, one of the best ways to make use of your new virtualized workspaces is to administer them through a managed services model, which features remote management to provide data and user security.