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How Can Virtualization Change the Face of your Business


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With virtualization it comes down to resource use. Most workstations and servers aren't used to capacity, leaving power idle - sometimes up to 85% of processing and 70% of memory goes unused. Maximize these resources with virtualization, creating a platform which enables operating systems and better utilizing server resources at the same time. That's maximizing your capital investments in hardware. Instead of adding another server to the set, just add a virtual server to your existing hardware, reducing the expense of adding a new server. This will also save physical space needed for technical infrastructure.

Usually a workstation or server has just one operating system, such as:

  • XP for workstations
  • Windows 2003 for servers

    Virtualization can support more than one operating system at a time, allowing Vista and Windows 2000 for your server, or several copies of 2003. You can have one for file access, another for SQL, and another for finance. If you require another server to expand or meet the needs of new applications, virtualization lets you build infrastructure without the sprawl. By adding a virtual server to the robust sever, you can reduce implementation costs down to just system, licenses and labour, eliminating the need to buy a $6000 server and find a place to put it.

    Perhaps you use legacy applications that won't run on today's operating systems. Virtualization can give you and your business flexibility which traditional environments can't. Instead of hosting a legacy workstation, you can run these applications virtually on a more robust workstation, keeping things secure and available on-demand.

    The virtual solution has more benefits. Operating systems such a as Linux, Solaris, and Unix are supported, and machines can be entirely backed up and restored - this is a great feature in times of portability and disaster. The virtual workstations and servers can move to new machines with little hassle in the case of failure or upgrade. These features add up to the virtual way to make the most of available technical resources.

  • About the Author

    Nick Pegley is VP of Marketing at All Covered Inc, the only nationwide information technology (IT) services company focused solely on enabling the success of small businesses. Serving thousands of firms across every industry, the company helps clients achieve their business objectives by lowering the cost and maximizing the performance of their IT systems. For more information visit

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    Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-01-07 21:01:11 in Business Articles

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