If you’re running a successful business, at some point you’re probably going to have to deal with backup in your data centres. As we all know, data has a funny way of accumulating and that can mean increased management on your part. That’s why a lot of companies eventually opt to virtualize their data centres. While this process has been around for quite some time now, it can still sound futuristic to the uninitiated. Don’t shy away, though – virtualization can lessen many headaches you might experience otherwise. Here are some reasons why it might be worth considering.
The major reason to make the switch is that the physical hardware to store data is cumbersome and takes up space. By moving your infrastructure to the virtual world, you can drastically cut back on the amount of physical hardware you’ll need. Virtualization will separate your storage, programs, networking and other services from the physical realm, so that everything will automatically be available without the hassle of continuous maintenance.
The fact is that housing tons of physical hardware always poses a risk for excessive heat buildup, which could lead to system breakdowns. With less of this equipment, your infrastructure can stay cool. Plus, virtualization is much better for the environment and that’s always a good thing. In today’s world, being concerned about the planet is more important than ever and it’ll give your company a good look for potential customers.
Of course, less hardware and maintenance means reduced cost as well. Considering that physical hardware can often be the highest cost in data centres, it’s really a no-brainer to minimize as much as possible. You’ll also be able to save a ton on electricity and the aforementioned maintenance costs.
Virtualizing your data centres can also greatly improve your disaster recovery procedures. With physical servers, it can be a real pain if one dies and you have to scramble to recover data before it’s too late. Virtual data centres, on the other hand, take continuous snapshots of your information throughout the day, so if anything crashes, a redeploy need only take a few minutes. This lack of downtime is a lifesaver for businesses so you don’t have to miss a beat and customers won’t notice anything. Even if your whole data centre crashes for some reason, everything can easily be moved somewhere else for quick recovery.
Another benefit of this system is the ability to be able test things out in the virtual environment without worrying about permanently damaging anything. It’s now possible to make a test environment separate from users so you can mess around without anybody knowing. And if a mistake is made, it’s as easy as reverting to a previous virtual snapshot to go back.
With virtualization, you’ll have a lot more flexibility when it comes to vendors as well. There’s no longer a need to be tied in with one vendor because there’s no specification for what virtual machines can run on.
This flexibility also allows for making an easier transition to cloud data centres for the future. As your business becomes bigger, cloud services become the next logical step, where you can move your whole infrastructure off-site with no need for any physical hardware anymore.
Of course, that’s a whole new set of concerns and one that probably doesn’t need to come into play yet. But with virtualization of your data centres, you’d be effectively making the first steps into the future. Any successful business knows that’s where you want to be.
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