For small and medium-sized businesses interested in efficient IT operations, virtualization offers several key benefits. Once virtualization is in place, however, what IT solutions can be deployed to help optimize its use and implementation? One solution is to adopt a multiple hypervisor model. Such a model offers inherent advantages over the single hypervisor approach, including lower licensing fees and the ability to integrate applications across the network more efficiently.
Licensing costs have traditionally been a bar to the multiple hypervisor approach, but the situation is now changing because Microsoft has included the Hyper V hypervisor in its networking product Windows Server 2008 R2. This change will help businesses to pay less for licensing, which in turn will help them to free up funds that can be used to launch and configure more than one hypervisor.
One way in which additional hypervisors can help small and medium-sized businesses involves branch offices. The advantages of virtualization can be more feasibly extended to remote locations once additional hypervisors are in place. Businesses that are considering multiple hypervisors as part of their IT solutions using virtualization would be well advised to think about employing a managed services model to help deploy and administer them.
This is because a managed services model includes remote monitoring and assistance on a continuous basis. By providing 24/7 security features, a managed services approach creates an IT support environment that is typically far more robust than could be provided by small and medium-sized businesses restricted to working with in-house IT staff.