Utilising virtualisation in business means you can cut back on cost while getting the most out of your IT infrastructure. By implementing an efficient system, you can reduce hardware, maintenance, and power consumption; while increasing productivity and workflow.
Virtualisation & Efficiency – How Does it Work?
Efficiency is underrated. In the modern workplace, an example of an organisation operating in an inefficient manner is wasting resources, and virtualisation can greatly increase efficiency in that respect. If a business has a huge amount of hardware it generally needs regular maintenance on a large scale, and if a business has many desktop systems (say, 1 per user) then those will also require regular, individual updates and app installations. Before long, an organisation’s hardware and software upkeep becomes not just time-consuming, but wasteful in terms of energy, power, staff resources and cost.
Virtualisation works by cutting down on physical servers and desktops and allowing virtual versions to run off single machines, resulting in a streamlined, lower-maintenance setup.
Types of Virtualisation
We offer different types of virtualisation, server virtualisation, desktop virtualisation, and application virtualisation.
Server virtualisation aims to consolidate large servers to a single unit or machine. This is usually a good solution for businesses running lots of separate servers yet not managing to fill any of them to full capacity. Imagine having ten separate servers each running at 10% capacity, a business owner may have invested in these servers historically to keep them separate for different uses. Today, with virtualisation, this doesn’t need to happen, it is possible to run 10 virtual servers off of one single server, using 50% of its storage and leaving less wasted resource.
The end result is that businesses can treat each virtual server as if it was a stand-alone entity and interact with it as such, while still reaping the benefits of cutting down on costs for hardware, energy consumption, and rigorous ad-hoc maintenance.
The same can work for desktop computers, in an organisation where each employee has their own individual workstation, repairs and configurations can soon mount up. With an internal network of thin clients, all linked to one central physical machine, they can operate as separate virtual machines. The upside to this is that when any app updates are needed or security measures have to be put in place, they can be installed straight onto the main computer, ready to be accessed by all thin clients. This saves any arduous dragged-out installation processes, and ultimately saves time and money.
Application virtualisation can help save load times and costs for applications running on multiple machines. The app in question is often installed on one central computer or server, and each thin client desktop can access the apps when needed through virtualisation.
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Our subject matter experts are well-experienced in virtualisation solutions and will be able to plan out specific, customised solutions to fit your business or organisation. If you’d like to speak to us about what sort of solution works for you, then give us a call on 0345 345 1110, or email us here.