Cutting the cost of IT: What's your virtualisation strategy?
Have you virtualised your datacentre?
Virtualisation makes it possible for IT teams in small and large businesses to be more responsive internally and externally, provide better service, and react more quickly to events. It allows companies to run multiple operating systems on the same server at the same time, which can make an IT professional’s job much easier.
Virtualisation has been known as a potential IT game changer for some time, and even longer as a concept – since the time when mainframes were king. In the last few years forward-thinking businesses have given a green light to virtualisation strategies – which have helped financially and from a technical point of view.
With the right software, virtualisation allows companies to cut costs by reducing hardware, as well as cutting the cost of managing and maintaining it. With fewer machines, firms can save more money by becoming energy efficient, which also helps the environment.
Iconic British car manufacturer Aston Martin was one company which went for server virtualisation, making its systems more efficient in the mission to develop luxury sports cars. The Aston Martin IT department chose the Windows Server 2012 operating system, including Hyper-V technology, to virtualise its data centre and build four private clouds.
Aston Martin developers now have a private cloud which they can use for their own projects. The IT team provides developers standard images of servers and a test environment – if the developers break it, they can rebuild it themselves. They can also quickly scale out the environment for load testing.
Virtualisation can also help with the management and administration of applications across the organisation, without having to physically install them on the computers of end users. Through Microsoft Application Virtualisation (App-V) virtual applications work more like traditionally installed applications, making them straightforward for IT teams to manage centrally.
App-V lets companies host applications centrally in one place, making them available to multiple authorised users. It can also make it much easier to install applications on multiple devices, providing users with the necessary permissions to access certain files and systems.
The server version of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, has built-in virtualisation through Hyper-V. IT departments can use it as a foundational virtualisation platform that allows a business to transition to the cloud.
It's easy to be wary of new technology that offers significant cost savings as being too good to be true. But businesses around the world have successfully implemented virtualised environments, moving forward competitively and reaping the rewards.
Find out more about Application Virtualization here.
Asavin is a specialist technology writer with more than five years experience writing for different web publications. He’s particularly interested in Microsoft technology and how it fits for business needs throughout the world.