There are many things that your IT support company can do for your business and virtualisation can be incredibly effective. But what exactly is it?

As an IT support company, we can offer you and your business a whole host of services. Perhaps the most popular and most common requests are help with backup plans and security services. One of the best things we can do for you when it comes to business is virtualisation. But what does that mean and how can it work for your business?

What does virtualisation do?

Virtualisation lets one server do the job of multiple computers, by sharing the resources of a single computer across multiple environments. It does this using specialist software allowing businesses to reduce the physical number of servers on their network.

Typically, in a non-virtualised environment, each different software application that was being accessed by users had its own server, and in most cases this meant that the server was only running at around 30% capacity, yet it was still using the same power and cooling as if it were working to full capacity. The idea of virtualisation is to make use of this unused capacity on the server to run a separate application.

What are the benefits?

Virtualisation helps you reduce capital costs through server consolidation and improve operating costs through automation, while minimising lost revenue by reducing both planned and unplanned downtime. Other benefits include:

  • Energy savings. By migrating applications from multiple servers onto one, you’ll save energy and costs.
  • Simplified disaster recovery. You’re now dealing with one machine instead of many. Data backups, restores and recoveries are now much simpler and and can be performed in a fraction of the time it takes with multiple servers.
  • Increased uptime. Today, most server virtualisation platforms offer capabilities such as storage migration, live migration, high availability, fault tolerance, and distributed resource scheduling – features that enable virtualized servers to quickly recover from unplanned outages.
  • Do more with less. Server virtualisation makes your systems more efficient and agile – and frees up space (and that mess of wires) in your data center area.
  • Reduce costly redundancy. Now you don’t need to pay for all that unused computer capacity. Virtualisation enables you to perfectly size your virtual equipment.

We’ll handle the virtualisation process

Virtualisation can be pretty complicated, but the most important thing to know is that it could save your business time and money. The great thing about having an IT support team on board is that it doesn’t matter is you don’t understand virtualisation fully because we do and we’ve got it covered. Our experts have such a wide knowledge that we can quickly identify what will work best for your business and implement it effectively.