By the DynaSis Team
For many small and midsized businesses (SMBs), having up-to-date technology means running Windows 7 or 8 and having servers and desktops that are only a few years old. That’s a good start, but there are many other modern technologies that businesses can implement to increase operating efficiency and productivity and drive business success.
One prime example is virtualization. With virtualization, a company’s data, applications, operating systems and other IT assets reside on a software-generated image of a hard drive, rather than on a physical server, personal computer or other computing device. Using this technique, one physical piece of hardware in an enterprise can host multiple virtual servers, desktops or storage devices. Virtual machines can also be hosted in the cloud, at data centers or through other cloud hosting providers.
Virtualization offers numerous benefits, including more efficient utilization of existing computing hardware. With each physical server that can be virtualized, it eliminates one more piece of hardware to be managed, maintained, repaired and replace. The result is reduced server maintenance cost and labor, lower capital and operating costs, and reduced energy and cooling costs. Virtualized servers, desktops and storage systems can also be created faster than the time it takes to acquire and provision a new piece of hardware, which increases operating agility.
In later 2013, the Blackstone Group released a study that found nearly 70 percent of SMBs using virtualization technologies were doing so to move servers from hardware to software, reducing server sprawl and its associated management and maintenance load. Despite these benefits, only 62 percent of SMBs surveyed indicated they were “comfortable” with virtualization technology.
Companies like DynaSis work to demystify virtualization technology for their customers, making it easier for them to make the move. Virtualization has reached market maturity, so although the technologies can continue improve, there is absolutely no risk with adopting virtualization when it is implemented properly.
Virtualization isn’t the only example of modernized infrastructure, of course. Two others are backup appliances, which afford business continuity and reduce downtime in the event of an outage, and mobile computers such as tablets, which empower remote workers with the ability to perform office functions, no matter where they are. Adoption of these technologies varies among SMBs, but there is no doubt that nearly every SMB has room to improve in its deployment and use of modernized technology.
The irony is that these technologies really can level the playing field for SMBs, and they often represent such a cost savings that they pay for themselves quickly—sometimes within months. The problem, of course, is that many small and midsized business leaders are so tied up with the daily press of business that they don’t have time to step back and explore the value these solutions bring.
We’ll be bringing you more information about beneficial, modernized technologies in the near future. We hope it helps you use technology more effectively for your business success.
DynaSis is an Atlanta IT services and cloud computing provider for small and midsized businesses. All of our solutions focus on helping companies achieve the three fundamental IT necessities of the modern business—availability, security and mobility. We specialize in on-demand and on-premise managed IT services, managed cloud infrastructure, desktops and backups, and professional hardware and equipment installation. For more information about DynaSis’ IT support and services, visit www.dynasis.com.