Many businesses, especially those that have been in operation for many decades, rely heavily on outdated computer systems. While systems, such as SPARC, VAX, PA-RISC, and others, may have once served them well, but they’re now problematic for the business and its most vital operations.
Not only is the system obsolete and at great risk for unplanned downtime and unable to perform its necessary functions, but there are also increased maintenance costs to consider. The older and more outdated a system becomes, the more difficult and costly it is to find support. In some cases, it may even be impossible, which could lead to permanent data loss.
Thankfully, however, there is a simple solution, one known as server virtualization, and one which offers many unique benefits to modern businesses.
Understanding Server Virtualization
For those who are new to server virtualization solutions, the prospect of migrating essential applications to a modern platform or the cloud can seem daunting. However, when one really understands what server virtualization is and how it works, it’s not quite so intimidating.
Simply defined, server virtualization allows organizations to split their server into separate, isolated servers via the use of software. Once this transition has occurred, the servers are then virtual or “virtualized,” which allows them to run their own operating systems new or old. In this way, virtualization can increase performance allowing legacy software to run on new server hardware.
How, exactly, does this process benefit you and your business? It may surprise you to learn that it does so in a multitude of unique ways.
As mentioned earlier, virtualization saves money since there is no need to track down technicians who can work with and repair outdated server systems and who often do so at a high cost. However, virtualization also helps you to save time, money, and energy via resource optimization.
In basic terms, instead of having an outdated system that lacks capacity, server virtualization allows you to switch to a much more powerful system that generally has more capacity. And, you can put that extra capacity to good use in ways such as:
- Increasing storage space
- Improving network bandwidth
- Reducing idle time
- Reducing the number of connected users, which frees up even more space
When your system is working efficiently and effectively in these ways, crashes, data loss, wasted time, and frustration quickly become things of the past.
Cloud virtualization can also allow a business to stop relying on on-premises hardware, and even to completely eliminate it, if desired. And, when hardware goes away, so does its high costs, as well as the cost to maintain, run, and house it and its infrastructure. This is just another way in which virtualization makes sense for modern businesses, and for some, it can be the solution that allows them to continue operating and greatly reduces overhead costs.
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While there are different kinds and types of virtualization to choose from, here at Stromasys, we are more than confident that we can find the perfect solution for you and your needs. Our Cross-Platform Server Virtualization options are designed to work for every business and every challenge. To learn more about how we can empower your business and bring it into the present and beyond, contact us today.