When we think about servers, a few things may come to mind. In the past, the first image was often of stuffy server rooms that constantly needed to be kept cool and dry, and where a small problem could send a business into free fall for hours or days until the system could be repaired.
Today, however, many companies have never even seen their servers, because server virtualization is rapidly becoming the dominant model. Physical servers have proven to be too great a problem from an infrastructural upkeep standpoint.
If your company is still using a bare metal server, it may be time to consider switching systems in keeping with our evolving digital world. Not only will making the switch help your company sidestep significant stress caused by maintaining your server network, but virtualization offers advantages in terms of price, flexibility, and scalability, all features that can influence business success as time goes on.
Small businesses have a lot of expenses to handle, from web design and mobile site optimization to security management, which is why cutting costs through server virtualization is a great idea. The transition provides a decrease in cost without a corresponding decline in quality, and since you’re charged for how much space you use, you won’t be paying to maintain empty server space.
Shifting to a virtual server is also a smart financial decision because if you do need more space, you can increase your server space without having to buy an expanded system. This is known as scalability, and scalable systems are vital for rapidly growing businesses.
Another valuable feature of virtual servers is that they’re so consistent. That means that multiple servers are actually running the same programs and storing the same data simultaneously, and if one server suddenly encounters a problem, another can pick up right where it left off, without any downtime. This prevents a lot of small system glitches that bare metal servers suffer from, and is a more financially manageable way to institute server redundancy.
Redundancy is especially critical when disaster strikes. If something goes awry in your office, such as a flood or fire, your physical support system may be destroyed. Your virtual server, however, can quickly get back online, keeping your company accessible to clients, even as your physical location undergoes a major recovery process.
The US currently has a shortage of IT professionals. For many small companies, hiring IT professionals is both beyond budget constraints and impractical for the low number of issues encountered during daily operations. But with server virtualization, your company is able to hand off server management concerns directly to the IT professionals employed by your service provider. They’ll have an extensive team of skilled IT staff to manage these issues.
Since you don’t need to spend time and resources handling an IT department, server virtualization frees up your business to focus on day-to-day matters, like sales and CRM.
A Final Note
As bare metal servers become obsolete and businesses shift to virtualization frameworks, it’s important to remember that virtualization and the cloud are not the same thing. Many companies mistakenly confuse processes, melding them all into a vague understanding of something called the “cloud.”
The cloud is a very specific way of providing services, and you can’t simply shift from desktop services to a cloud service through migration. You can, however, migrate your bare metal server to a virtual server without significantly changing the overall system.
Within the next few years, you can expect bare metal servers to become obsolete, so you stand your business in good stead by making the transition to a virtual server now. You’ll quickly find your daily processes simplified by shifting your servers from the closet to cyberspace.