Simplified Office IT

Server Virtualization: Simplify Your Office

Server virtualization is a useful tech tool for businesses that saves time, ensures security, and cuts IT costs overall for small and medium-sized businesses. To help your office control costs and communications, server virtualization is a very smart choice. Here’s what you need to know about server virtualization to simplify your office.

What is Server Virtualization?

Server virtualization is the process of using one server for multiple local machines. Each device under the single server has its own operating system and acts as a completely different computer with its own processing power. However, its “brain” is the single virtual server. Companies use virtualization to reduce the number of new machines, to cut costs on software and security, and to improve redundancy. In fact, more than 76% of organizations are taking advantage of virtualization today,

3 Ways Server Virtualization Simplifies the Office

Small and medium-sized businesses now have access to resources and tech support that other larger companies currently benefit from. Server virtualization allows your company to keep up with technical demands without taking up more office space. But wait, there’s more.

 

There are three ways server virtualization simplifies the office, its hardware, and its IT requirements.

1. Reduction of space

Locally hosted servers take up lots of room. For you, that means you’ll always have to find a space for a server when moving offices. When the server sits in its own room, it requires the perfect airflow and temperature, along with lots of electricity to keep it running. Having the local server just down the hall also means it is at risk if disaster strikes.

 

If you are keeping track, the costs are surging. Server virtualization moves the server out of the office, but it still provides its users with a single console that can be accessed from anywhere via a secure connection. Overall, it’s much safer than simply locking the door to the server room and hoping nothing bad happens.

2. Improved redundancy

Redundancy is absolutely critical for IT infrastructures. For companies, redundancy means ensuring that every aspect of operations has a backup plan that’s ready to go. The same is true for server virtualization. With your data stored in a data center, you won’t have to lose sleep over lost data. Your files and configurations are stored within multiple devices so that even if one happens to break, you can still be fully operational.

3. Automated updates and health checks

A local server (and especially multiple ones) requires a great deal of maintenance, support, and upgrades. This is usually a costly expense for businesses. Instead of lengthy downtime, paying for software upgrades, and paying for individual service incidents as they come up, virtualization allows all to be done remotely, on-time and with little-to-no downtime. Virtualization is a process of proactive care and service to keep the company running on time and without costly expenses that are typically associated with upgrades and maintenance.

 

If your business is bogged down with the upkeep of local servers and all the chores that come along with them, cut the cord. Go with a single virtualized server that allows you to manage all your company’s data, safely and effectively.
Work with us, and we’ll help you greatly simplify your office.

Saving your business money

Save Money with Server Virtualization

Virtualization has been beneficial to SMBs for as long as it has existed. As of 2016, more than 76% of organizations have taken advantage of virtualization. But what exactly does it have to offer SMBs? The most obvious benefit of server virtualization is the cost savings that it introduces to your business. Though companies of all sizes enjoy the reduced costs, it’s most critical for SMBs, since they have smaller IT budgets overall.

 

Just one paragraph in, and we’ve already stressed the cost-saving aspect of virtualization (twice). But how exactly does it save you money?

Reduced Power Costs and Minimized Maintenance

Though often overlooked, companies can expect to see a considerably lower electricity bill. Running locally hosted physical servers can rack up some hefty charges, as they require plenty of power to operate. Virtualization negates that by essentially outsourcing the electricity bill to the data center.

 

Once a local server is up and running, there must be constant maintenance to keep it running smoothly. A company will need to invest time in updating server configurations and running diagnostics, as well as physically maintaining the server hardware whenever necessary. Often, this will require a business to hire a full-time IT specialist, which drives up overall costs.


With virtualization, is completed in a much more efficient manner. IT support is administered from a single console, from anywhere that offers a secured connection. Additionally, virtualization saves you time. For example, the deployment of necessary security updates on your server occur far more efficiently, which gives your IT team the freedom to tackle more pressing matters.

Cut Hardware, Cut Costs

As you may have inferred from the name, virtualization takes your physical machines and transforms them into virtual ones (not literally). Simply put, it reduces the total amount of IT hardware that your organization needs to buy. In practice, this saves companies a lot of money because servers are very expensive.  

 

Leveraging virtualization means that a company can also grow much larger (read: faster) than previously possible. But how, exactly? Well, consider the following scenario: your startup business is small and it operates out of a basement. You’ve been very successful, and you’ve attracted plenty of attention from your clients. Perhaps too much attention … since you now need more servers to hold more data and keep up with demand. However, you don’t have any more room in your tiny basement. Do you have to find move out and find a larger space to run your business?

 

Not necessarily.

 

You could virtualize a server and keep up with demand without taking any more physical space. You just saved money on rent, reduced overall power costs, and saved yourself the hassle of having to buy costly equipment.

How to Get Started

Virtualization offers enticing cost-saving opportunities for SMBs. Migrating to a virtualized architecture is not an easy task, so it’s of the utmost importance that you choose the best partner for the job. Diverge IT has been helping companies like yours to virtualize their servers for years and knows exactly how to smoothly shift your data over. Of course, your company will save money and become more efficient than ever before. What are you waiting for? Contact us to see how virtualization can cut your IT costs.

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Do I Really Need to Adopt the Cloud?

You’ve undoubtedly heard about the Cloud by now. It’s being adopted daily by businesses all over the industry. In fact, cloud adoption is at 95% now, and it’s predicted that by 2019, 83% of all data center traffic will be from the cloud, and by 2026, 73% of organization’s IT will be running in the Cloud.

So, why are businesses everywhere making the switch? What are the benefits they’re receiving from storing their data in these external data centers? There are many, such as:

Flexibility

One of the largest benefits that come with storing your data in the Cloud is the extreme flexibility it provides. What do we mean by that? Well, when you switch your data to cloud computing, it becomes stored in these data centers off site, and the way that you access your data is through the internet. You don’t need any onsite equipment anymore, just a device and an internet connection. This means that you can access your information from anywhere, anytime, as long as you have a device and a stable internet connection.

This flexibility will allow you and employees to work from home or abroad, and having all your data centrally located will reduce confusion and improve communication. Did we mention that cloud computing is also scalable? No matter how big you grow, we’ll grow with you.

Convenience and Cost Savings

When you operate off of the Cloud, you don’t have to worry about maintaining your applications anymore. Your IT service provider, such as us here at Diverge IT, will constantly be upgrading and monitoring your applications without you having to ask us.

Cloud computing is also budget friendly. Services are charged at a flat, monthly rate, and this has helped a lot of businesses save money. Here are some stats to prove it:

  • Most organizations have been able to increase revenues by 4–10% in the cloud.
  • 84% of CIOs cut application costs by moving to the cloud.
  • Organizations typically save around 21% annually by adopting cloud computing. 

Security

Remember those data centers we mentioned earlier? They’re highly, highly secure. In fact, 64% of businesses say that the Cloud is actually more secure than older legacy systems. In addition to these highly guarded data centers, your MSP, like us here at Diverge IT, will implement data encryption to even further protect your data.

Another attractive security aspect of cloud computing is its BDR planning. BDR, or backup and disaster recovery, is a plan that every business should have just in case the worst were to happen, such as a natural disaster wiping out your office space, or a theft. If any of those things were to happen, you don’t have to completely despair because your data will be safe in the Cloud. The Cloud offers frequent, automatic backup, 24/7 monitoring, instant file access, and instant data recovery in the event of a data loss. Don’t worry, you’re safe in the Cloud.

Diverge IT Can Take You to the Cloud

With all these benefits that the Cloud brings, it’s no wonder that 95% of cloud users intend to renew their contracts with their providers. At Diverge IT, we’re ready to help you make the switch over. Contact us today to get started!