Why Virtual Servers are the Future of Enterprise IT
Successful business today has an awareness of what technology can do for them. Yet owning and managing your own IT infrastructure is hugely inefficient, cost prohibitive and wastes precious resources.
In this regard, virtual servers offer the fastest, most robust, most flexible technological advancement of the past decade.
“Not the cloud?” you say…
Not at the heart of your business, which, more than ever, needs to be unique, flexible and performance driven. Let’s take a look at the key performance indicators that have made virtual servers so crucial within IT strategy today.
Performance Indicator 1: Dedicated Services
The virtualisation of server architecture minimises downtime and resource bottlenecks due to dedicated resource scheduling of a high performance platform – dedicated in terms of purpose, support and functionality for all stakeholder needs. This is critical of virtualised IT today, as users have become a) more demanding for real-time relevant data, b) extremely cost conscious, and c) increasingly tech savvy.
Dedicated virtual servers are also inherently faster than physical in-house server structures because they offer load balancing, agnostic backup, optimised OS and application configurations that are monitored and maintained by outsourced professionals.
Performance Indicator 2: Dynamic Data
Hosted virtual server platforms capture dynamic big data demands that are commonplace today. Through streamlined network communications, software engines and analytics, virtual server architecture delivers seamlessly integrated high performance computing.
They deliver faster, more secure, tailor made Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) at a time when economic constraints threaten everyone’s ability to innovate and grow their business. Such dynamic data warehousing provides greater levels of analytical flexibility and informatics reliability when it is crucial to maximise data as a resource whilst maintaining regulatory compliance.
Performance Indicator 3: Efficiency at Scale
Virtual servers combine flexible infrastructure with advanced resource scheduling and storage optimisation that is bespoke to your business as it grows. Having agnostic backups and load balancing enables servers to be maintained with 100% uptime, even when upgrades, routine maintenance and system restarts need to be performed.
Keeping services running is pivotal to business sustainability. Services must remain lean and efficient at all times of the day, without creating frustrations for users due to downtime or performance bottlenecks. Speed and convenience are always of paramount importance to your user community.
As your business expands, virtual servers also dramatically reduce power consumption due to remote technology stacks being in operation.
Performance Indicator 4: Resourcing
Moving from physical to virtual server configurations eliminates the need for major in-house resources to be allocated to IT tasks. Therefore enabling you to concentrate resources on more important strategic and operational matters such as customer relations, business analysis, product development and lead generation.
Providing peace of mind that performance and availability are not compromised, virtualisation servers not only consolidate your IT but enable collaboration of resources across departments and service areas. This delivers a collaborative network of users that share resources on one machine.
Performance Indicator 5: Speed & Agility
Being a dedicated build, virtual servers provide faster speed and access to critical services every a) business leader needs to implement effective strategy and b) end-user needs to perform in their role. In so doing, virtual machines work collaboratively or in isolation to benefit all levels of an entire organisation.
The days of buying expensive IT hardware – managed and maintained in-house – are no longer financially, strategically or operationally prudent. Technology, information and communications simply move too fast for that. Continuing to believe in this outdated approach wastes resources and the trade-off between power, performance and availability becomes worryingly imbalanced over time. In short virtual servers deliver incredible benefits for businesses today at a time when big data demands and an expanding mobile user base expect information at their fingertips, in a format they understand immediately.