5 Factors to Consider Before Implementing VirtualizationMarch 25, 2014 No Comments
Companies are always looking to save money on operating costs. As technology continually improves, new solutions are brought to the forefront and made available to businesses both large and small. One solution that has been rapidly expanding is virtualization, where a virtual version is created in place of something, whether that be a desktop, operating system, server, or storage device.
The benefits that come from virtualization are many. In the case of storage virtualization, the technology can be used to migrate data from multiple sources into a single pool for easier and faster access. Server virtualization leads to fewer actual physical servers that are needed. In general, virtualization offers reduced energy and maintenance costs, more efficient operation, increased security, and fewer unplanned outages among many other benefits. So with all these positives, it seems like virtualization should be the goal of every business out there. But there are still some important factors to look into before you implement virtualization for your business.
How much money do you have available to implement virtualization? While it’s true that it will eventually lead to reduced costs, that’s a long-term approach to the issue. In the short run, virtualization requires a significant upfront cost when it’s first implemented, such as major investments for hardware and software needs. The more dated your systems and network, the more money you’ll need to spend to make the change. Costs can also get out of hand if the process ends up not going smoothly. If the money isn’t there at the outset, you may have to put off virtualizing for now.
2. Personal Knowledge
How much do you know about virtualization? Do you understand what needs to happen and how it can benefit your company? If you’re not quite sure about the specific advantages it can give your specific business, or you don’t know about the commitment and costs associated with implementing it, then it’s much better to find out before you begin the process. There are many ways to educate yourself about virtualization. You can go straight to the experts with questions, read a book, or attend seminars to learn everything you can. Once you’re armed with the right knowledge, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about what is right for your business.
3. Company’s Needs
There are many benefits that virtualization offers, but do they address your company’s needs? The effect virtualization has on your business can be far reaching and last for many years, but there is no single way to implement it. There are many different virtualization technologies available, and finding the right kind that meets your business’s needs requires careful research and planning. Find out about all the options and choose the technology that specifically addresses your needs.
4. End Goal
In addition to knowing that your company needs right now, what do you want virtualization to do in the future? Every implementation plan should have an end goal in mind. Know if you want virtualization to lead to lower costs or if you want it to provide security and restoration in case of disaster or outage. Perhaps you hope virtualization will lead to greater flexibility for your company. By knowing what you want the technology to do for you, you’ll be better prepared to start implementing it.
5. Learning Curve
You won’t be the only one learning new technology. What kind of experience and preparation will your employees need as you implement virtualization? Managing new systems will require adequate preparation and training for your companies, especially if things get off to a bumpy start. By having a knowledge of your staff’s needs, you’ll be able to get a better idea of what kind of learning curve will be expected. You should also find out what kind of applications your employees use since some aren’t compatible with virtualization.
Implementing virtualization in your business is a major step that can lead to some major savings and efficient operations in the future, but taking that step requires lots of preparation. With enough planning and knowledge, you’ll be able to make the right decisions for your company.
by Rick DelGado, Independent Author
“I’ve been blessed to have a successful career and have recently taken a step back to pursue my passion of writing. I’ve started doing freelance writing and I love to write about new technologies and how it can help us and our planet.” – Rick DelGadoAPPLICATION INTEGRATION, CLOUD DATA, DATA and ANALYTICS , DATA SECURITY, Fresh Ink