An estimated 85% or more firms have been using virtualization, and this level of adoption means that you also need to consider virtualization for your company. Virtualization is when software mimics the functions of a given hardware. A good example is when one runs both Windows and Linux operating systems on a given computer where the computer pretends that one of the operating systems has own hardware. Virtualization has both pros and cons, just as with most tech advances.
Server consolidation is one of the reasons to consider virtualization. Companies have struggled over the time to use servers computing powers. Even though raw computing has been in existence, the software setup ran only one instance at a time, and when a company wanted to expand its capacity, it would mean spending on more servers. Virtualization will mean that more operating systems run on a given physical server, and this will help the company to get the best out of the raw computing power.
Virtualization will also enhance productivity. One of the basic concerns whenever the lean methods trickle down the basic thinking in a given business is productivity. One of the significant principles of lean thinking is reducing waste, and one of the areas of potential waste is employee time.
The company is also set to save cash in the long run through virtualization. The business and enterprise-grade servers are very expensive for the company, as well as the cost of software licenses. The cost of replacing the servers can also be a worry for any business since the companies usually prefer a 3-year to 5-year replacement cycle. By consolidating the servers, the company avoids the high cost of purchasing the servers, and the reduced number of servers also means less maintenance cost.
The short term costs of virtualization are a big concern for any company. When the servers in your company are on the last year of the replacement cycle, they will not work for virtualization. The company not only pays the cost of replacing the servers, but it also bears the cost of purchasing new software licenses that cover virtualization. When the company has software that doesnt work for virtualization, they might need to purchase new apps, or the company will have to run a separate server that supports the one or two applications required by the company.
When your company hired IT staff, it is likely that you did not hire on virtualization skills and the use of a virtual server might prove new to the IT staff. When the company considers utilizing virtualization, you might be forced to recruit new IT experts, or the current staff might need to get up to speed on the infrastructure for the company to benefit from virtualization. For example, Citrix storefront customization can be an easy task for a trained individual, but it will be slow and error-prone if handled by someone who never heard about Citrix before.