Virtualization can be very useful nowadays in all kinds of companies, regardless of their size. It is transforming the economy and management of IT infrastructures. The dependency on hardware for operating systems and applications is being eliminated, enabling the cloud revolution as well as the transformation and administration of networks.
Businesses are looking for greater flexibility in the deployment and management of widely distributed IT resources, optimized network performance therefore they must take advantage of the benefits of virtualizing network functions.
Today’s cloud computing has also made it possible to host any variety of software, service, and storage applications in the data centers of cloud service providers. Economies of scale allow cloud service providers to offer IT resources at lower costs compared to the costs of acquiring and managing these resources in an organization’s local data center.
Virtualization in this environment can allocate additional servers and storage in minutes to meet demand as needed. Globally distributed cloud data centers provide the opportunity to manage resource and software provisioning capabilities at different locations, always working from closest to target, decreasing latency, and applying performance-optimized on target.
For the correct management and benefit of the aforementioned processes, it is important to have the appropriate software to manage the virtualizations. If the right tools are not used, the virtual environment can be messy and ineffective at best.
The advantages of virtualization are too convincing to be able to afford to stand apart. First of all, more flexible IT and more efficient utilization of physical resources, i.e. falling IT costs, and much more:
• Data center consolidation and decreased power consumption: Virtualization offers its benefits, such as server consolidation and improved use of hardware, which reduces power, space, and cooling needs in the data center. Saving energy goes hand in hand with the downsizing of data centers: fewer servers mean less floor space, less cabling, or racks, as long as you at least ignore the growth. In any case, with fewer physical servers there is enough space to grow within the existing data center walls. Those who have slipped away from a hosting provider can save further costs.
• Simplified Management and thus reduced system administrative work: You can manage the entire system – including the virtual servers – with one program. Most of the time, the manufacturer comes with one, or you can also purchase very intelligent management software. This saves you costs during ongoing operations. It is easier and faster. A crucial aspect for IT administrators is the possibility of central control of such security solutions. This enables commands, monitoring, and intervention to be carried out centrally in the event of an incident.
• Dynamical resources: Virtualization helps to distribute resources more precisely and thus save costs. Having fewer physical servers means there are fewer of them to maintain and manage. This technology allows, among other things, to make better use of computing resources than physical servers allow, performing multiple tasks of different kinds on the same real system.
• Easily migrate and balance workload: Moving to the cloud involves not only virtualizing your infrastructure, but it also involves people, processes, centralization, and control. Moving some or all of our processes to the cloud promises to consolidate duplicate services and automate routine tasks, thus freeing up resources that can be allocated to other more relevant processes. The Cloud allows us to tackle workloads that were previously unthinkable and that great advantage is determining its success and virtualization improves and simplifies load balances and equipment maintenance, offering the possibility of using virtual recovery servers, in the event of any type of error.
• Organizations have better visibility and also greater control of their infrastructure making security management simpler for the cloud: One of the essential sections for companies is that of security. This enables increased data security and disaster recovery, making backup deployment faster and easier, as well as ensuring more effective support. This is because virtualizing networks guarantees better-standardized stations and user access to only the applications that can be used, without allowing the download of other types of programs, drastically reducing the presence of viruses on machines.
The benefits of virtualization can significantly advance your business. At first glance, the technology may seem complex, but if you take a closer look, the opposite is the case – everything gets easier.