If your business has ever considered “going virtual,” you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that over 50% of people will work remotely by the year 2020. So, you probably have a lot of questions about cloud-based services and virtualization. For example, what is the difference between cloud computing and virtualization? And, what are the benefits of virtualization? Unless you’re an IT person at heart, the buzz can be a bit confusing. And, while there is a big difference between cloud computing and virtualization, they can both provide significant cost savings for your company.
Cloud Computing vs. Virtualization
There is an important distinction to make between cloud computing and virtualization. A Business News Daily post explains it well: “Essentially, virtualization differs from cloud computing because virtualization is software that manipulates hardware, while cloud computing refers to a service that results from that manipulation.” Regardless of whether your business is ready for the cloud or not, virtualization may be a good fit.
The Benefits of Virtualization
Virtualization services offer a business many advantages ranging from improved IT disaster recovery protocols to efficiencies gains in server storage. However, benefits of virtualization also include several potential areas for significant cost savings when done correctly. Here are three examples of how virtualization can help your business cut costs while increasing productivity and efficiency:
- Save money on software licenses. Even if your business is small, the cost of licenses for applications and services used by each employee add up quickly. Virtualization provides a way to share resources, software, and so on without the additional licensing costs.
- Save money by consolidating hardware. Hardware consolidation is perhaps the biggest financial benefit of virtualization. Rather than running multiple servers, at approximately 40 percent energy efficiency, virtualization allows you to consolidate workloads on one or two servers – or eliminate the need for servers altogether.
- Save money by cutting electricity costs. Servers, personal computers, and data centers require a lot of electricity, both to power machines and to cool the environment in which they operate. By consolidating software operations on fewer servers, virtualization can dramatically reduce your business’ energy demand and carbon footprint.
On top of these three major cost savings benefits, virtualization means that your IT service provider has fewer resources to manage, saving your business thousands of dollars a year. This reduced need for IT management and support means that you can allocate budget to other mission-critical parts of your business, such as IT security or cloud-based services that will improve efficiency and productivity.
All Phases IT specializes in providing cloud-based services for small-business. Our team can answer your questions about virtualization and work with you to implement a solution that best matches the needs of your business needs. Contact us today to request a 30-minute phone consultation and evaluation of your IT environment.