Virtualization offers companies immense IT functionality

Virtualization offers companies immense IT functionality

July 2

Virtualization technologies have come a long way in recent years, helping businesses not only respond during potential disasters, but enhance IT efficiency as well. Virtualization-Strategy Magazine’s Kelvin Clibbon listed the advantages of virtual environments in today’s highly technical landscape.

Clibbon explained that virtualization is now deployed in nearly every data center, helping organizations reduce operating costs, establish a more agile IT infrastructure and boost data center efficiency. Virtual environments also help firms avoid prolonged periods of downtime that can result from hardware failures and other disruptions.

Businesses leveraging innovative technologies like virtualization and cloud backup may find themselves with a competitive advantage if they can avoid devastating disasters in the long run. These solutions make it possible for firms to ditch the management of on-site devices for recovery, which are prone to human error and can be damaged or destroying during floods, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes. Organizations that maintain consistent operations will support customer demands, while others struggling to do the same will have upset audiences.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) operating on tight budgets should consider implementing virtualization, cloud computing and other options to enhance overall disaster preparedness.

A Spiceworks survey of nearly 1,400 IT professionals from SMBs found that the average annual salary in 2012 among these firms was $162,000, up from $152,000 in a previous study. Overall, nearly a quarter of respondents have implemented desktop virtualization, while nearly two-thirds have done the same with server virtualization. The survey found that 62 percent of SMBs have adopted cloud computing.

IT has quickly become the backbone of companies of all sizes. Although SMBs lack the resources of large enterprises, it appears this limitation is not negatively impacting their use of technology.

“The world’s SMBs continue to increase their investment in new technologies, including tablet devices, smartphones, cloud services and virtualization,” said Spiceworks Co-Founder and Vice President Jay Hallberg. “The results of our research bode well for the industry as new technologies become more pervasive and prompt IT departments to make additional investments.”

Natural disasters can strike at any time, placing organizations of all sizes in a dangerous position if they cannot respond quickly following these disruptions. Firms that rely on solutions like virtualization, cloud computing and mobility can at least keep mission-critical data and assets safe and accessible during these incidents.

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