Virtualisation is a technology that is usable by virtually every size business and most workloads, yet many businesses currently are not virtualising their IT workloads.
Whether you are a big corporate, medium enterprise or a small business, virtualisation often makes sense from a TCO (total cost of ownership) and ROI (return on investment) perspective. Here’s five ways virtualization can help your business save money:
- Less Equipment: It’s simple: Consolidating servers and storage via virtualisation means you don’t have to buy as many servers and/or storage appliances. Less hardware equipment also means fewer peripherals, cabling and networking expenditures too. Desktop virtualisation can also reduce the need for costly PC-fleet refreshes by allowing the use of inexpensive thin-clients instead of full-featured desktops or laptops.
- Lower Operational Expenditure: The less physical infrastructure you have, the lower your physical plant and support costs. And that means that the costs of housing that data centre are cut significantly. Virtualising servers can help you contain data centre sprawl, which can reduce your rent or mortgage costs, and could also help you avoid the cost of building entirely new data centre facilities.
- Save on Cooling Costs; Fewer servers and storage appliances generate far less heat, which automatically reduces the cost of cooling down your data centre. Even knocking a few degrees off cooling your data centre can save you pounds.
- By Being Energy Efficient; Lower heating and cooling requirements translates to lower energy costs. You don’t need as much power to run fewer servers, storage appliances, switches and networking equipment, plus you’ll also lower your bills for running air conditioning, heating systems and lighting.
- Efficiency and Productivity; in the end, it’s all about efficiency. Because virtualisation can free you from hardware constraints, you can implement new software and applications faster and reduce the amount of time your systems are down. This also reduces downtime for system maintenance, which increases employees’ productivity. Desktop virtualisation will also provide these benefits, since employees can access their data from a centralised server to work anytime, anywhere.