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Until recently, server virtualization was thought of as something that only larger companies — with dozens or hundreds of physical servers — needed and could afford. But times, technology and the cost of virtual servers have changed, and today mid-sized and even small businesses with just a few servers stand to benefit from going virtual.
What is Server Virtualization?
A virtual server consists of software called a hypervisor running on a physical server, which allows you to partition that one server into many virtual machines and manage them all through a single interface.
Server virtualization also makes disaster recovery — or any kind of application backup and recovery — a snap. That’s because virtualized data is independent from whatever hardware it’s running on, making it highly portable.
How to Decide if Server Virtualization is Right for Your Business
If you are a very small business, with just one server, you probably don’t need to go virtual. However, anybody with more than one server should consider server virtualization. And anybody with more than three servers really should. Besides, anyone replacing or upgrading their existing servers in the should-consider-virtualization category.
A good candidate for server virtualization would be a company that is going through [or planning] a hardware refresh, an application upgrade or is looking to improve their disaster recovery strategy. Server virtualization can also help smaller businesses better control IT costs and free up IT staff for other tasks. Similarly, it can also free up valuable real estate as a single virtual server can replace several (or more) physical servers. Benefits of server virtualization are:
• Fewer physical servers required
• Improved availability and uptime
• Lower power and cooling costs
• Lower IT operating costs
• Reduced server provisioning time
• Faster disaster recovery
Can Migrating to a Virtual Server Damage Data?
The short answer to the question is “no.” While in the past there were some issues with data migration, migrating from a physical server to a virtual server today is easy — and will not mess up your data. In fact, most advanced physical servers from the leading vendors (e.g., Microsoft, Dell and IBM) now come virtualized, and there are plenty of tools available (if not included) to help you quickly and easily migrate data from a physical server to a virtual one.
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