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Benefits of Switching to Virtualization

Virtualization has been rising in popularity during the past few years due to its ability to provide a viable solution for companies to increase productivity while reducing IT infrastructure costs.  By switching to virtualization, companies have been able to control workloads in data centers while reducing energy consumption and IT infrastructure.

Before we discuss the specific benefits of switching to virtualization let’s first define what virtualization is and some of the reasons why more companies are making the change.

Virtualization and IT Infrastructure

Virtualization is defined is a method that is used to allow a single system to run multiple infrastructures simultaneously.  The method can be applied to network infrastructures, storage processes, and servers and combines resources into one unit which is controlled by a central interface.   The end result is a reduction of IT costs that would otherwise be spent on additional hardware technology to operate standalone systems.

In terms of storage area networks, virtualization is applied in a similar manner by combining hardware devices that can be controlled from a single interface.  For this reason, more companies are considering virtualization as a viable alternative to older infrastructures that are costly to run and require additional manpower to run the standalone configurations.

Specific Benefits of Virtualization

 To provide a further explanation of why more companies and organizations are switching to virtualization here are some of the key benefits virtualization can offer to businesses of all sizes:

  • Speedy Recovery Time:  In the event of a system failure or disaste