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Should Your Miami Business Virtualize?

Server Virtualization sounds like a phrase from late 1990’s science fiction, but it plays a big role for small and medium-sized businesses that want to cut down on the costs of housing and maintaining multiple servers at their location. What is it and how does it work?

Virtualization is where you have one device that is able to perform the jobs of multiple devices. Instead of having multiple servers each playing separate roles, you have one server with virtual servers installed on it. From a software standpoint, you have multiple operating systems and instances of software running in tandem on a single set of hardware.

Chances are, if you have multiple servers at your organization, they are underutilized. That’s a lot of expensive hardware considering you aren’t using it to its full potential 95% of the time. You also need to perform maintenance, security updates, and take care of each server separately, and provide electricity for each to run. All that adds up, especially considering that the expensive hardware is barely being used to its full potential.

Server Virtualization lets you eliminate the need for multiple servers so you have less hardware to manage, maintain, and power. Your business benefits from having multiple non-physical virtual servers that each perform their own tasks and have their own purposes, but with much less overhead.

Want to learn more about how Virtualized servers can save your business money? Contact us today at 305-592-5433.

5 Things to Consider When Planning to Virtualize

Server virtualization offers a ton of benefits for small businesses – less energy consumption, easier management, better hardware utilization, smaller footprints… but diving in recklessly can cause a lot of expensive headaches. Let’s take a look at a few things to consider when switching over to a virtual solution.

Application Support

You’ll want to make sure all of the applications you use will run in a virtual environment. In some cases specific software might just need its own server to run. Sometimes that just takes a rollout of the latest version of the app or a version that supports a virtual environment, although in other cases you might not be able to include it in your virtual environment, period.

All Your Eggs in One Basket

You do need to be aware of setting yourself up with a single point of failure. Especially consider this for your domain controller. If all of your virtualized domain controllers were on a single host and that host were to go down, you’d be without a domain controller. Be sure the deployment of a virtual environment doesn’t leave you stranded high and dry if that environment were to fail.

Continuity

Stemming from the last point, plan what you would do if the virtualized environment were to fail. A failure like this can cause heavy disruption on your network and cause widespread downtime. Michell Consulting Group can help you plan this out so a failure has less impact.

Software Licenses

In a virtual environment, application licenses can work a little different, in particular for Windows operating systems where in some cases you might not need a license for guest machines. Some software applications might have their own licensing structure for virtualized environments that you’ll need to be aware of.

Old Hardware

It’s pretty likely you’ll end up with some unused hardware once you are virtualized. You may find new uses for old servers or you may decide to retire them. If your old server hardware isn’t that old, there are a lot of potential uses.

Looking to virtualize your servers to consolidate and better utilize your IT infrastructure? Give Michell Consulting Group a call at 305-592-5620 and let us work with you to ensure the process goes smoothly.