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Five reason your business cannot afford NOT to virtualise.

By Sarika Vatner on 10/11/15 11:47 AM

Virtualisation is the act of creating a virtual version of a device or resource, such as a server or network and has paved the way for new major technologies.

While the benefits of virtualisation are in abundance, there are still many organisations that are hesitant to embrace or implement virtualisation of business critical applications.

Benefits of Virtualization

Fewer physical servers onsite.

Allows business to continue using legacy software.

Reduced maintenance and energy costs.

Enables move to the cloud.

Longer hardware refresh cycles.

Instant offsite access to files and applications.

Increased server efficiency

Less downtime and fewer unplanned outages, increase Business Continuity

Quicker and easier backup and disaster recovery.

Less time spent providing desk side support.

More efficient IT infrastructure.

More efficient deployment of hardware and software installation and upgrades.

Reduced operating costs.

 

Failure to virtualise is leaving companies open to facing unnecessary high costs, greater risk to business disruption and increasingly complexed IT infrastructure. What’s more is that failures to embrace virtualisation means your company may not be establishing the right infrastructure for the future of cloud, big data and mobile movement technology is headed.

Five reasons your company cannot afford not to virtualise

 Less flexible business operations

  • Agility and flexibility is the key to business success in today’s working environment, no matter the size or industry your business resides. Through quick response times to customers, employees and shareholders is imperative to keep business operations moving forward. Business must be able to adjust in a moment’s notice as they learn new things about their customers’ expectations, preferences and experiences.

Virtualisation is a driving force to increased business agility as it is much easier to deploy and scale resources, all at a reduced cost.

 Decreased efficiency for non-virtualised environments.
Virtualising systems eliminates the need for IT workers to manually perform routine maintenance and trouble shooting. With less system downtime employees are more productive and efficient.

Increase risk of business Disruption
Often the cost of downtime in underestimated by business leaders, it is the unseen costs that can be the most crippling to a business. (If you’re interested to see how much your downtime could be costing you, click here).

Virtualised disaster recovery systems are significantly cheaper than many legacy solutions businesses employ today. Virtualised systems eliminate the need to have a mirror image of your data stored of site, rather it can be captured and stored anywhere, minimizing downtime and response times. 

Significantly increased costs.
Virtualisation has a proven track record of reducing IT costs, not only for upfront capital expenditure with the need for less servers but also on-going maintenance. Combining the management of physical and virtual servers can also further reduce business costs, as the costs of support and ongoing maintenance are much lower for virtualised environments.


Not following technology trends – Insufficient platform for next generation IT initiatives.
Technology has seen significant changes and opportunities driving the next generation businesses, Cloud, mobile and big data are all easer with virtualised systems, Virtualisation provided the framework or cloud computing, a revolutionary new way of doing business. With more and more businesses today transitioning to the cloud, virtualising business critical application is a must.

Without virtualising your business you run the risk of being left behind and ‘sitting on the sidelines’ of your market, this is a risk far too big for any organisation big and small.

The benefit of virtualisation cannot be denied, but more importantly they cannot be overlooked or ignored. Businesses in today’s market simply cannot afford to not virtualise. The benefits of virtualising go beyond costs savings, they include simplifying IT, improving efficiency, increasing competitive advantage and giving your

Organisation the best chance of staying ahead with next generation IT initiatives.

 If your company have not virtualised yet, it’s time to ask yourself – Why not?

Call Lanrex today to discuss your options for virtualising your business.

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