Server virtualisation is offering benefits to businesses

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Virtualisation has lived up to most of its original promises, one commentator has claimed.

Writing for Search Server Virtualisation, Mark Vaughn said that when the technology was introduced a few years ago, businesses were told it would offer multiple benefits.

These included boosting server efficiency, shrinking IT infrastructure, slashing power bills and making administrative tasks disappear, he noted.

Mr Vaughn said many companies struggled initially to reduce the scale of their IT infrastructure, but he suggested this was because of a poor first-phase implementation.

And over time, more companies have experienced success in this area.

He noted that the technique has helped many companies reduce their spending, as servers cost less to deploy can be provisioned in minutes rather than weeks.

"Both hardware vendors and hypervisor development teams have increased their efforts to make better use of virtual resources," Mr Vaughn stated.

"While the number of virtual machines took off, advancements in virtualisation and server platforms allowed the overall data centre footprint to not only remain steady, but to actually shrink."

He claimed that virtualisation lowered the technology barrier of entry at a time when financial markets were uncertain and few businesses had budgets to expand their technology investments.

Instead of simply holding the line, virtualisation allowed businesses to actually expand and implement new technologies, Mr Vaughn stated.

Using Windows Server 2012, businesses can deliver highly available, high-performing services across their heterogeneous infrastructure.

Firms can optimise their data centre resource utilisation through dynamic responses to workload demands, including cross-site business continuity and disaster recovery.

Posted by Alex Boardman