When you talk about desktop virtualization with technology gurus, you will hear competing views. Some believe that it is one of the most radical of technology changes that information technology ever saw and for some others, it is an expensive disaster with a very limited appeal in the long term.
Virtualization has become an everyday word for almost everyone. It is no longer just desired; it simply is the reality for most businesses all over the world.
However, virtualization is still not universally implemented, especially by small businesses.
Talk about cutting costs and leveraging your IT infrastructure and virtualization would inevitably sprout up in your line of thinking. Companies are taking to virtualization in a big way but securing your IT network beyond that decision is a concern nonetheless.
Wouldn’t your business breathe a heaving sigh of relief if all business data and applications remain in one central place for easy management? How would it be if your data back-up and data restore work remains centralized and almost a breeze?
Scott Alan Miller, an IT expert who writes for Datamation, claims that IT managers and administrations swear by the central computing model for exactly the same reasons mentioned above in an article titled “Thin Clients in The Dark and Distant Past”.
What on earth is Thin Client Computing?
A Thin Client (lean client or Slim Client) is basically a computer that is stripped bare of all the usual bells and whistles.
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.
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.
If you run a small business or even a large one, a data centre is likely to be your mission critical hub and serves as a solid foundation for all your communication needs. As far as taking to storage over networks is concerned, your choices will boil down to either opting for a Fibre Channel or iSCSI. Which one should you go for? Which one makes for a better choice for your business?
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Fibre Channel Network
If you are looking for speed and lower latency, a Fiber Channel delivers better.
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.