Virtualization is likely the most used solution in the IT world.  In fact, it has started a large overhaul of the computer industry as a whole.  IT specialists are beginning to grow in their awareness of the advantages that can be gained with virtualization technology.  Those advantages include heightened resources in a scare economy, better ability to compete and many other factors. If business strategy can be aligned to virtualization technology  organizations begin to truly leverage the power of this technology.  Alignment of strategy and technology dictates if this is the right solution for the organization vs the technology department.

Virtualization is being used in a large number of organizations and the numbers are only growing.  It can be used to reduce power consumption, trim building space needs, and cut back on land requirements that often go hand in hand with growing servers.  It also provides critical applications and streamlines other application deployments and migrations.  Overall, virtualization can simplify operations in the IT industry and allow organizations to change faster according to business demands.

Businesses are increasingly interested in virtualization in today’s “green” economy.  The socio-political views on global warming require companies to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals, which can be aided by using virtualization techniques.

There are many major benefits to using virtualization technology.  Here are the top 5 benefits of server virtualization:

1. Companies use a lower number of actual physical servers
The companies can reduce maintenance costs when there is less hardware in the company to service.

2. Increase space efficiency
With a server consolidation technique, there will be less need for space in the data center.  That space can be utilized in another manner or eliminated completely.

3. Prevent redundancy
When each application is in a virtual server, companies can prevent the applications from repeating one another.  This heightens the efficiency of the overall system.  Companies will also be preventing applications from impacting one another when changes or upgrades are made to one specific application.

4. Speed in Processes
With a standard virtual server, businesses can duplicate work and speed up server deployment company-wide.

5. Increase Productivity
Companies will be able to deploy various operating system technologies on one single hardware platform to help employees work faster throughout the business.

There are plenty of other benefits to consolidating various serves into virtualized products.  All technologies have strengths and weaknesses, however, and are best suited for particular uses.  Virtualization is great for testing, developing, and running various hardware applications.  Full, good virtualization can isolate various machines and allow employees to run unmodified guest systems.

The key to running a successful virtualization system is finding and choosing the right technology and that begins with the alignment to business, it’s customers and the strategic plan.  Users can be satisfied with the technology if it works correctly.  There are many different free players that can allow users to test out how things work in the virtualization world.  There are also plenty of commercial products for companies as well as individual users.  Complete all of the research necessary to make sure the virtualization world is the right place for yourcompany.

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David Peterson

David G. Peterson is a business consultant and author of Handling the Remedy. He has extensive international experience managing projects and operations for large financial institutions. He has worked in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia skillfully managing business and technical requirements, core systems enhancement and support, merger and acquisition integration's, business process reengineering, off-shoring and outsourcing.