The technological development in recent years has brought many innovations that are shaping the modern business environment. Almost all businesses require computers and the access to Internet in order to compete. Many of them, rent or even own servers on which they store data. While renting and managing servers can seem costly, thanks to virtualization, the costs drop down drastically and give much more opportunities to both small and big businesses than just decreased costs of functioning online.
The basics – what is virtualization?
Simply speaking, virtualization means using one physical computer as many separate virtual machines. This means that there are fewer physical machines required to operate different processes of many virtual computers. This drives down energy costs; hardware is used more efficiently, and there are less idle resources on each machine. Moreover, because the hardware is now cheaper and control over resources is much more precise, many companies started offering BTB software in the cloud – this gives businesses opportunity to rent professional software instead of having to buy it. Similarly, the companies that set up their own private clouds can save on licenses by sharing software among its employees.
Vast improvement in cooperation and management
Saving money followed by easy (and cheap) access to software are not the only benefits. Thanks to the low cost of renting or maintaining a server (which can now be divided among many employees all of them using virtual machines on it), it’s now very easy for companies to manage and consolidate a lot of data from many different departments. Even small businesses can benefit from virtualization for example by saving costs required to give all of the employees access to required resources such as software and hardware.
Moreover, it’s easier to manage hardware resources between employees as the deployment of hardware and software installation and updates are now much easier to coordinate. Because there’s no need to invest huge money in the software or hardware upfront, employees may be given resources according to their current needs. Setting up a private cloud within a company makes more sense than ever because resources can be easily deployed and loss caused by idle hardware can be minimized. For those who don’t want to set up a physical server within a company, it’s possible to rent server space in the cloud and pay based on the actual usage instead of a flat monthly fee. This allows storing data in the cloud, which is now accessible to employees of the business anywhere, anytime and can be simultaneously obtained by many employees, improving their productivity. This shareability of data, if managed properly, can highly increase company’s competitiveness.
Security and reliability
Another big benefit of virtualization is the increased security that it offers. Because on one physical server there may be many virtual machines, it’s much easier to move, copy or backup data. All files can be stored and sent quickly between different computers; most of the time the data is stored on more than one server so that it’s secured from any hardware failures.
Similarly, many virtual machines can “cooperate” with one another and can be used to automate certain processes – with such easy access to resources, many companies are willingly using software that’s capable of automating various tasks within the company especially that it can be controlled both from within and from the outside. The same goes for data, or anything else that companies decide to “virtualize” as servers in the cloud can be most of the time accessed from anywhere unless the data is hosted on internal company servers which are strictly protected from any outside access.
There are many more benefits of virtualization than what has been written above. Without a doubt, it has shaped and changed today’s business environment. Easy access to virtual machines and possibility to access software, data, and easily share all the information between employees followed by a huge decrease in cost and increase in efficiency prove that using virtualized servers and good networking offers significant benefits to all the businesses that utilize it.