Virtualization technology allows businesses to optimize global IT environment in order to match the needs of a dynamic business. It can improve mundane IT functions and strengthen your environment in tandem. Stepping into a virtualized infrastructure for your business critical applications can help you:
- Simplify intricate processes to mitigate errors and unwanted scenarios
- Add agility to the business to effectively scale up/down applications
- Cutback IT investments by accelerating deployment and setup-processes
- Reduce energy utilization
- Ensure business availability and disaster recovery
There is no denying the fact that virtualization is gaining enough traction in this technology driven business economy. According to a report published by Gartner, virtualization has surpassed 50% of all server workloads and this estimation is expected to reach 86% by 2016.
A flexible, responsive and secured environment translates into lesser downtime and data loss. One of the major benefits of virtualization cited by industry experts is server portability, which enables a VM to migrate to other server by swiftly restoring a VM file. This process of restoration is less intricate and cost-effective when compared to bare-metal restoration from tape backups.
When planning for virtualization, a comprehensive business analysis is indispensable while keeping enterprise applications, and network on priority check-list to ensure augmented operational efficiency.
Now let’s look at some of the points that are required to be followed when planning for virtualization:
Strategy: Fine-detailed strategy is required encompassing business objectives, project schedules and all necessary technical requirements. In line with this evaluate the existing applications and technology with respect to users, process, and business economy.
Design and Develop: Develop complete virtualization structure by charting out a layout for networking, storage, backup and recovery, virtual machine, and application sizing. Figure out the gaps by carrying out a pragmatic assessment process.
Virtualizing business critical applications using robust technology and with the help of highly knowledgeable consultants, a business can mitigate unwanted downtime risks and can set a stage of success.