1. Speedier server provisioning
Virtualization makes possible elastic capacity to provide system provisioning and deployment at a moment’s notice. No more filling out purchase orders, waiting for delivery, and then racking and cabling a physical server. And that doesn’t include the extra time spent waiting for the operating system and applications to complete their installations.
2. Easy Scalability
The use of virtual servers allows for easy scalability as a growing company adds employees, applications, and networking. In a virtual environment, IT staff are able to provision servers with smaller impact to the business, thus offering more flexibility.
3. Provide a Test and QA Environment
Virtual machines are ideal for providing a test and QA environment for IT staff to figure out changes and configuration issues before implementing them in production. This results in a significant cost savings benefit compared to using physical servers for the same purpose.
4. Extend the life of older applications
It’s fair to say a lot of organizations have legacy applications still running. These applications probably fit into one or more of these categories: it doesn’t run on a modern operating system; it might not run on newer hardware; your IT staff are afraid to touch it; and the application’s developer is no longer around to update it. By virtualizing and encapsulating the legacy application and its environment, it’s possible to extend its life and maintain uptime.
5. Help move things to the cloud
By virtualizing your servers, you are preparing yourself for a move into the cloud. The first step could be to move to a private cloud.
6. Improve disaster recovery
Virtualization improves disaster recovery first with its hardware abstraction capability. A disaster recovery site no longer needs to keep identical hardware on hand to match the production environment.
As well, most virtualization platforms have software that can be used to automate the failover when a disaster does strike. The same software can usually enable testing of a company’s disaster recovery failover. This means that a company doesn’t have to wait for disaster to strike to see if their disaster recovery plan works.
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