Have you virtualised yet? Is your business soaring on cloud nine or do you buy a whole new server every time you run out of disk space? Either way, keeping things physical has its benefits and while clunky, is no reason to fix something that doesn't need to be fixed. But moving into the high-tech jet stream of virtual servers could see your business maximising profits and becoming more responsive in a volatile business climate. Here are some pros and cons to consider before taking the plunge.
Reasons To move
Cost savings--Since you're in business to make money, spending it unnecessarily is heading in the wrong direction. A virtualised computing environment allows multiple physical servers to be configured so as to increase or decrease the number of logical servers. This means you're able to be flexible to the needs of your business without spending on any additional physical servers.
Time saving--Speaking of server provisioning, bootable images and virtual server templates can be kept on-hand for when they're needed. This saves you from those ever-so-enjoyable tasks of installing and re-installing Windows, configuring firewall settings, restoring backups, and what have you.
Easier testing--To add to the whole flexibility theme, how often have you wanted to test a new configuration or to try out a new sales application, only to discover that you didn't have the necessary hardware? Testing new hardware and software is crucial to the continuity of any business making use of IT.
For more elaborate set-ups or labs, a dedicated virtual server environment allows testers to configure and reconfigure various scenarios at the drop of a hat. This saves them time and lots of frustration.
Quick recovery- Just like testers would boot up a server that they've configured for a specific purpose--with relevant applications installed and network settings already done--so your live systems can be made redundant with an equivalent or similar server environment running alongside it. This server environment doesn't have to be active--depending on your business of course--but will provide the necessary backup systems in case of an outage.
Reasons not to move...