IT is a buzzword-rich industry. There are many new and exciting technologies being discussed. Virtualization was once a hot topic. Although it was common to hear about virtualization, few people knew how to use it.
I had the opportunity to work for a new start-up in San Jose/Bay Area when I graduated college. Chico State was just graduating from my communications major and I was eager to find something new. Although I had never been in the tech industry before, many of my friends from San Jose were already involved in the many technology companies that reside in my hometown. This was my chance to join a friend’s company that specialized in virtualization. We wanted to be the next big virtualization vendor and help SMB’s migrate to virtualization, as well as provide consulting services to help them realize these wonderful benefits.
I learned quickly how to explain the benefits and advantages of virtualization to an audience that didn’t know much about the topic. I would use visuals and ROI calculations to impress potential clients. I would then invite my business partners to come in and answer any technical questions. This would close the presentation. Because even though they knew the “buzz word”, many people didn’t know why they should adopt this technology. Our mission was to demonstrate that virtualization is an asset to any IT department and has many benefits.
My pitch was that a virtualized environment could help a company reduce their environmental footprint by creating an efficient department with proven savings. These savings were in hardware – “Let’s actually USE our servers for what they can accomplish, instead of wasting many of their resources.” This is possible because virtualizing servers allows you to run multiple systems on the same hardware. You can take a server that was previously used for one purpose and divide it to run multiple tasks. Instead of having a datacenter full of energy-sucking servers that take up tons of warehouse space, you can consolidate this mess and make the most of each server’s capabilities.
I tried to show the daily hardships IT departments face when it came to desktop virtualization. The desktops would crash, and the IT admin would need to fix it. IT staff would be able to focus on the basics and not worry about larger-picture items that would ultimately help their company grow. Virtualizing your desktop environment means that if you have a problem, you can simply shut down the computer and start a new one. This will save time and resources, and allow IT to concentrate on high-paying activities instead of daily maintenance.
It’s funny how years later, I still work with this technology and know that virtualization was not a trend. Because of its many benefits, companies are dedicating teams and resources to virtualization technology. Virtualization was once a buzzword, but businesses have learned that not all trends will be obsolete. Virtualization has proven its benefits and the industry has reacted in large numbers.
If I had known then what I now know, I might just be writing this from a remote island. For now, I am able to understand why this technology has been around so long.
Below are 5 ways virtualization can benefit your business.
Hardware costs can be reduced
Faster server provisioning and deployment
Excellent Disaster Recovery
Energy Cost Savings of Significant Value
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