Reduce capital expenditure with server virtualisation

Friday 21 December 2012

Virtualisation technology is making a big difference to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with limited IT budgets, it has been suggested.

In an article for The New Web, VMware explained that businesses are able to vastly reduce capital expenditure by virtualising their servers.

"Instead of buying ten servers to do ten tasks and having them idling at five per cent utilisation most of the time, companies are able to purchase a two or three pieces of hardware and utilise them at 80 per cent," the firm said.

This allows them to save on both hardware costs and other data centre fees, such as electricity and physical space, VMware added.

"The lower cost of entry makes it easier for start-ups and small businesses to control their own environments," it stated.

SMBs are also able to scale their IT usage in the future according to demand - so if they require additional server capacity at short notice this is not a problem.

In an article for Federal Computer Week, John Moore recently claimed that server virtualisation can be a first step towards cloud computing.

He said that if companies do virtualisation right, it makes their journey into the cloud "that much easier".

"Some executives rightly view virtualisation as a way to cut hardware and power costs by reducing the number of servers they need, but that means thinking about it only in tactical terms," he stated.

"Virtualisation can also be an opportunity to modernise and expand the IT department’s role as a service provider to the rest of the organisation."

Posted by Alex Boardman