Small businesses can accomplish a lot by implementing virtualization technology on their office IT network. Unfortunately, many SMBs shy away from it because of some common misconceptions. If you fall into that category, there are at least four myths you should stop believing.
The computer network and supporting infrastructure is perhaps the very nerve centre of every growing business. As such, all critical possessions have an element of risk associated with them. For your company’s network, the associated risk is its vulnerability.
Wouldn’t it be nice if all the users who subscribe to a network are actually scattered far and wide geographically but they all have access to the same network and they are all connected to the same server or virtual machine through LAN or WAN or even the Internet? What if there could be a way to let each of these subscribers – no matter where they are – maintain their individualized desktops that house the applications and programs unique to each of these users while all of the computing prowess is contained not with the ‘client systems’ but with a central server?
It’s possible and it’s called Desktop Virtualization.
Data centres are ugly ogres when it comes to energy consumption. According to a report published by Rackable Systems, the year 2007 witnessed about 180 billion KWH on power requirements and cooling and a whopping $29 billion has been spent to feed this energy requirement alone.
Learning from mistakes is good and is often appreciated; trouble sprouts up only when any of these mistakes you do costs a bomb or can literally derail your company. Many companies find the need to move to a cloud by adopting a cloud-based service, take to cloud networking, or find a home for an application on the cloud.
Imagine what would happen if all the data your business has amassed over the years – think accounting & financial information, customer data, inventory and shipping data, information related to your research and development and much more – would just snap out of the grid and disappear? What would happen if you had to lose data in a system crash or a server crash? What, if you ever thought about it, would be the extent of damage for your business?
Here’s some perspective: over 170 million records of U.S residents have been exposed due to various levels of security breaches even since January 2005, according to the Privacy Rights Clearing House – a not-for-profit consumer information and advocacy organization.
Small and medium sized businesses usually have the ghost of increasing expenses haunting them throughout the span of their business operations. Businesses all over the world are hard-pressed to find ways to cut costs and shoot their profitability up higher than they did during previous fiscals.
While virtualization is the latest in the geeky cooler room discussions, the vendors or the IT geeks will kill themselves but not explain what it means to you in a layman’s terms.
Would virtualization work for you?
Is it the right answer for your business?
Is it just hype?
Since the answer is “depends”, you will need to ask yourself these questions:
Is there substantial benefits when you take to virtualization?
How do you understand what it’s all about?
How would you go about making decisions about whether or not you need to consider it for your business?
This post should help you extract the juice off and allow you decide whether it's hype or if it's the need of the hour.
Cloud Computing – what does that mean? According to Gartner cloud computing is “a style of computing where massively scalable IT-related capabilities are provided ‘as a service’ across the Internet to multiple external customers.”
In English, that definition means the cloud should just deliver a service on a subscription basis, allow access from anywhere and provide economies of scale.
Virtualization has come the forefront of every enterprise's favorite money-saving initiative. By reducing the numbers and types of servers that support their business applications, companies are looking to reduce costs.
Less power usage, both from the servers themselves and the facilities' cooling systems, and fuller use of existing, underutilized computing resources translate into a longer life for the data center and a greater bottom line.