Some new advancements in server technology are worth researching for technology staff in small to medium sized businesses. Advancements in virtualization and security make enterprise-level functionality available to smaller organizations. Progressive organizations — whatever their size — realize that state of the art technology gives them a significant advantage over competitors in their business sector.
Companies that fail to take note of and embrace new technology innovations run the risk of being left behind in today’s fast-paced business environment. Here are some of the recent advancements that benefit today’s SMBs.
Virtualization Continues to Grow in Usage by Small and Medium Businesses
Virtualization is one server technology trend that provides a lot of bang for the buck to the SMB. This allows smaller companies to leverage the flexibility and scalability that was normally only available to enterprise-level corporations. One offshoot of this growing move toward virtualization is that SMBs are actually running fewer on-premise servers with some actually completely forgoing an on-site data center.
Companies are reaping a host of benefits from virtualization including smaller capital outlays, lower maintenance expenses, better agility, and enhanced security. Environmentally conscious companies also appreciate the ability to “go green.” Expect more SMBs to embrace virtualization and Cloud-based services, allowing them to focus on their core business.
The Cloud Services Trend is Unmistakeable
Speaking of Cloud-based services, small and medium sized firms continue to leverage the Cloud in addition to server virtualization to save money on technology capital as well as gain a measure of business agility. SaaS and PaaS offerings allow SMBs to fully engage their employees with always-on, mobile access to their work and business information. Information security is generally enhanced as well when using the Cloud.
Cloud-based server technology also allows businesses piece of mind when considering business continuity in the event of severe weather or some other form of disaster. A Cloud service combined with virtualization allows SMB technology professionals a laboratory to test out a variety of disaster recovery scenarios.
Low-Power Server Technology Growing
Those SMBs that still host their own on-premise servers need to take note of the growing number of low-power options using ARM microprocessors typically found in smartphones and tablet computers. Dell is introducing a line of servers powered by 64-bit ARM chips that runs on the Linux operating system. HP also recently introduced a 32-bit ARM low-power option for its Moonshot server and has a 64-bit Intel Atom processor-powered Moonshot cartridge in the pipeline for release by the end of the year.
These major technology trends towards increased virtualization, Cloud-based services, and low-power servers offers SMBs the opportunity to lower capital investments and operating expenses while gaining extra business agility and operational efficiency. Foward-looking smaller businesses need to explore implementing these technologies to stay ahead of the pack.