In the IT world we keep hearing about the cloud and virtualization as the method to create the cloud, connect the clouds. This is Part 2 of the 2 Part series as laid out in Top 10 uses for Virtualization, by Dell in “The Many Applications of Virtualization” and why it’s important to your business. Part 1 of 10 Uses For Virtualization covered uses 1-5. Below wraps up uses 6-10 and the business benefit of that use.
6. Lab automation software is the part of virtualization that essentially allows you to capture the state of a system or an application. An IT person can then duplicate it, multiple times if needed (re-provisioning), without really consuming a lot of extra resources. An example of this is adding new user profile and settings.
The business benefit: More efficient and agile IT team.
7. Security with virtual machines is inherently better and has more options than physical systems. For example, with virtualization, you have a new layer in the data center that sits in between your physical hardware and software. In that layer you can tap in with security tools and see what’s happening with antivirus checking or intrusion detection checking or things of that nature.
The business benefit: Less security breaches and a more efficient IT team. Since the IT person can look across the entire IT system at the same time.
8. Virtual Desktops-We’ve covered this subject and the many benefits to a business in Desktop Virtualization Simplified blog post.
9. IT as a service, or cloud computing, allows IT companies like Sun Digital to fix IT problems much faster than before by fixing IT the problem in the cloud vs. on-site.
The business benefit: Quicker IT resolution of problem(s) and less downtime.
10. Acts as a bridge to externally provide services or clouds. As you go virtual internally, it becomes much easier to link up to an external cloud and essentially share resources between them. An example of this is “renting” space in a data center that offers disaster recovery services.
The business benefit: Avoiding costly and complex disaster recovery solutions.
This finalizes the Top 10 Uses For Virtualization. Let us know how you are using virtualization solutions at your Florida business. If you need help creating your Cloud, Sun Digital has helped businesses in Ocala, Gainesville and all over Central Florida, cut IT cost and become more efficient with Virtualization.