Cost was not the only factor behind virtualization of servers. High availability and reliability driven by smart allocation of resources are what made virtualization emerge and stay. So, how does server virtualization help businesses? In today’s post, we’ll find out just that.
- Cost reduction: Virtualization causes you to buy less hardware, thereby saving you money. Also the operating costs are reduced with virtualization.
- Increased efficiency: With automation and better utilization of available resources, virtualization increases the efficiency of the server.
- Increased security: Virtualization means partitioning a physical server into multiple logical (virtual servers). Since the virtual servers do not interfere with another, they promise increased security. Virtual private servers are used as honeypots to trap malicious programs.
- High availability: Virtualization makes the servers stable and reduces downtimes considerably, thereby making servers and the websites hosted on them available at all times.
- Business continuity: Virtualization ensures high availability and delivers prompt disaster recovery, thereby offering you business continuity.
- Resource optimization: Virtualization of servers lets you utilize the resources to the fullest.
Apart from its above-mentioned benefits, a virtual server works as an ideal testing environment (sandbox) because of its isolated nature. Virtualization also helps save space in your data centers as the number of physical servers is much less than the number of servers that are being used. Virtualization supports automation and helps you manage your servers better.
People are still wary about server virtualization but given the many benefits it has to offer, it won’t be long before everybody starts embracing the concept.