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The Man Who Should Have Virtualized (A Short Story)

The computer screen went completely blank. Joe blinked, and sighed deeply.

 

“Not again”, he muttered, as he got up from his chair.

 

He excused himself from the meeting. After weeks of preparation, it was all falling apart. Michelle glared at him as he got up. Clark shot him a sly grin.

 

Joe pretended not to notice either.

 

“Sorry, everyone. I gotta go check on the server. Hunk of junk is acting up again.”

 

Hastily he walked out of the conference room and began the long trek over to the server. With each step he took, Joe’s stomach knotted further. He worried about how much the repairs were going to cost, and how long it would take for the server to come back on.

 

If it would even come back on, at all.

 

Before he knew it, his hand was on the doorknob to the server room. The smell of burnt plastic and musty air surrounded him immediately. He glanced at the screen for activity.

 

Nothing.

 

Joe quickly deduced that a cheap cable had fried the power supply to the server. He begrudgingly dialed the product support line, and was greeted by an enthusiastic man named David.

 

“Hello, Mr. Phillips. How may I help you today?” David said, with boundless cheer.

 

“I need a new power supply to my server. This one is totally wrecked. Looks like there might be other damage, too.”

 

“We can absolutely do that for you! We’ll need to schedule a technician to go out there and assess any further damage. I see that you’re no longer covered by our warranty, so this will be an independent charge. Is that okay?”

 

Joe froze.

 

Unsure of what to do, he racked his brain for options.

What Should Joe Do?

Joe could very well pay for a replacement part for his server. But, would it be worth it?

 

The answer is that it would not.

 

Joe’s next action should be to look into virtualizing his server. For him, that means that his precious data is stored in a secured facility. He can access it from anywhere, and he can avoid annoying (and potentially embarrassing) situations like his failed meeting.  

 

Aside from simply accessing his data, Joe would also save lots of money. Without the need for repairs, he could allocate funds to other areas of the business. Additionally, not having a server would save him a considerable amount on energy costs and help the company go green too.

 

As an added bonus, Joe would also eliminate the need for tedious updates and constant support. His IT team could focus on other areas of his organization, improving overall infrastructure instead of focusing on a defunct server.

 

The benefits of moving to a virtualized server are clear. But, Joe would need an experienced partner to virtualize all of his data.

 

Who could possibly help him with the task?

Virtualization with Diverge IT

Partnering with Diverge IT makes virtualization a breeze. Joe should partner with us to experience minimum downtime during his transition to the virtualized server. He’ll receive support along the way, and save money in the process.

 

If you and your company are like Joe, you should chat with us today. We’ll work with you to determine how to go about virtualization, and we’ll build a plan that will outline your path to success.

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.