Why Small Businesses Need Server Virtualisation

There are big differences between the IT support needs of a small to medium sized business and say top 500 companies or a large multinational. These very large organisations’ will typically invest in a lot of sophisticated technology to support many hundreds if not thousands of users and need to be up to date with latest advances just to compete in an increasingly global economy.
Small to medium sized businesses not only have fewer users to support but have to be mindful of expenses that cut into the bottom line. Business owners want the latest technology and need to be up to date with their I.T infrastructure and streamlining their processes. They also need to keep IT costs under control!

One such way for a business to do this is by embracing server virtualisation.

What is server virtualisation?

In basic terms, server virtualisation is a technology that allows a business to migrate multiple physical servers over to virtual machines running on perhaps a single physical server. Each virtual server can run its own operating system and applications so the need to run multiple physical servers to provide the capacity requirements for a number of different applications is a thing of the past. The move to Cloud computing has literally been fuelled by server virtualisation as it allows clients data and information to be stored securely on far fewer physical machines. Additionally client’s requirements can be altered quickly and easily, historically making available additional resources involved adding hardware and reconfiguring environments to take advantage of the additional capacity. With virtual environments these changes can be done far quicker and with much less expense.

Here is a brief list of how small businesses benefit from server virtualisation:

Frees up space
One of the benefits of server virtualisation is that you don’t require as many physical servers and you won’t have to worry about physically locating them either. Imagine doing away with those heavy, towering machines – you can use this space for something else!

Reduces carbon footprint
Servers not only require a lot of electricity to stay powered up, but they are machines that require sufficient cooling so as not to overheat. By decreasing the amount of physical servers through server virtualisation, you subsequently reduce the amount of energy you will need to use helping your business’ green credentials.

Increases cost savings
Migrating physical servers to a virtual server means reduces a business’ need to purchase and maintain individual physical servers. Businesses’ can reduce server vendor costs as well as electricity costs and thus decreases your total operational costs

Better resource utilisation
It is a commonly known fact in the tech world that most servers sit well below utilisation capacity, often around 20% of its capacity. Imagine if you had one server per office and it was only being utilised less than half the time – talk about waste! By using virtualisation in server installation, you reduce resource wastage and reduce IT costs because you won’t require so many physical servers.

Improves efficiency
Server virtualisation allows for efficient migration, backup, duplication and disaster recovery which means that there is less down time.

So if you’re a small business owner looking for small business IT support, networking services, server support and laptop repairs in Melbourne, look no further than Business Works. As one of Melbourne’s leading IT support services, we have yet to encounter an IT problem that we haven’t been able to solve! So contact Business Works now on 1300 732 810.