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Benefits of Server Virtualization: Network Infrastructure Services

Contributed Article By Deney Dentel, CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc.

Server virtualization uses cloud software to locate cloud-based servers on one physical unit. Before the emergence of cloud technology, companies had no option but to purchase more units as they outgrew their network infrastructure and acquisition of additional IT infrastructure seemed like the only option they had. But today, cloud technology has come to their rescue, allowing companies to skip hardware expansion whenever their IT needs grow. While a good number of companies have not yet adopted cloud technology to help them meet their expanding IT infrastructure needs, this technology is quickly gaining popularity among various companies from across industries. Below are some of the benefits of server virtualization: network infrastructure services.

  • Decreased need to Purchase Hardware: As you may have guessed, this is perhaps the most obvious one. Server virtualization reduces the need to purchase additional IT equipment because of expansion. In fact, the number of servers decreases instead of multiplying. Acquiring mid- and enterprise-class IT equipment can be costly. However, the act of sourcing for hardware resources in both on-site and off-site service cloud can be a reliable and sure way to reduce the costs of hardware installation over time.
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs: Having many physical hardware units is not only expensive in terms of acquisition, installation, and operation, but also maintenance of these units, which is a different thing altogether. You must have qualified service personnel to come and check the units periodically. In addition, you have to part with money whenever these hardware pieces break down. However, the lesser pieces of IT hardware a company maintains in its asset register, the less it will spend on hardware maintenance. Once you reduce the number of owned servers as a company, you will experience significant reduction in maintenance costs even within the first quarter of adoption or application. To slash your company's network infrastructure costs, the best place to start is server virtualization.
  • Ability to Access Servers Remotely: Because of the decreased need for on-site data stores, a company can have its employees work from any location or at any time they feel most productive. Moreover, when a third party technician wants to perform routine maintenance of the servers, they can do so remotely without having to be at the physical location of the server.
  • Opportunity to Sell Hardware: As you scrap off servers and data silos that have become irrelevant or redundant, you can make some money by selling them to buyers. A good example of those who may need the IT equipment is companies at startup. Even equipment that has been in use for several years can still find its way into the market, as buyers have various infrastructural needs. In addition, buyers of pre-owned IT equipment will have a lot of interest when they hear that the equipment is a major brand. Mitigate the costs associated with virtualization by taking advantage of the opportunity to sell hardware.

Overall, server virtualization has many benefits: reduced hardware cost and hardware maintenance cost, opportunity to sell and earn income, and access of servers remotely. After evaluating all these benefits, you can now decide whether server virtualization is a viable option for your company.

About the Author

Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc., a unified storage and cloud computing service provider company in Portland, OR. Deney is the only localised and authorised  IBM business partner in Pacific Northwest.
Published Friday, June 13, 2014 6:51 AM by David Marshall
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