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Virtualization Helps Even Small Businesses
Although it isn’t as publically known as smartphone adoption, one of the big technology revolutions currently unfolding is virtualization. Instead of using a lot of dedicated hardware, several virtual computers can now be combined on the same piece of physical hardware.
Virtualization is being widely used on the enterprise level, but even small businesses are taking advantage of the technology.
A Cisco (News - Alert) survey conducted by the Blackstone Group found that 77 percent of SMBs were already using virtualization. Roughly 65 percent of small businesses were using virtualization technologies, and 79 percent of medium-sized businesses.
The survey also found that about 65 percent of businesses with an IT budget of $100,000 or less had implemented virtualization, and 80 percent of businesses with a budget of greater than $100,000 already had virtualization in place.
"We are seeing increased reliance on virtualization,” Joseph Cooper, an engineer at Emerging Technology Integrators , told TechNewsWorld. “The biggest benefit for SMBs is the same as for larger corporations that have used virtualization technology for years; that is the money savings from reducing hardware purchases.”
Virtualization not only cuts down on hardware costs, it also cuts down on power usage—a silent but significant expense for many businesses.
For larger firms, virtualization means on-site server consolidation. But for small businesses, this usually means cloud-based solutions. Virtualization enables hardware to be moved off-site completely, thereby reducing expenses.
“SMBs have two options for managing their virtualized computing,” noted Cooper. “One is using an outside firm to handle the set-up and maintenance. The other choice is to use a qualified IT specialist in-house."
There is a real cost saving opportunity for just about any business that takes the time to look into the benefits of virtualization.
Virtualization is about doing more with less—and only having to pay for what a business uses, not what it expects to use of what it might need only during peak times of the year. With virtualization, there’s always the resources at hand and nothing more.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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