The Benefits of Data Center Virtualization


There are many aspects to take into consideration when it comes to the operation of data centers. There are many factors that can affect business performance and productivity, including physical infrastructure software abstraction, hardware optimization and many more.

One way to simplify the process is through virtualization of the data center. Virtualization makes it easier for IT administrators to change and manage IT resources on demand -something that would not be possible without the technology. This automation not only speeds up processes, but it also helps ensure that certain policies are regularly applied and that the correct configurations are employed.

Virtualization is the process of the combination of storage devices, servers and networking equipment to create an environment where multiple IT functions can run on a single server. In this way, you can maximize server utilization and reduce the expense of hardware. Furthermore, the ability to adjust dynamically the allocation of resources improves scalability, keeping capacity under-utilized.

Another benefit of virtualization is the ease with which you can deploy new IT services and applications. Installing a virtual machine takes minutes, compared to the hours or days required to procure and set up hardware. This flexibility allows businesses to quickly adapt to market demands and gain competitive edge.

However, IT administrators should keep in mind that a virtualized data center doesn’t come without its dangers. For instance, if IT teams aren’t careful when the creation of new VMs which could result in VM sprawl. This overutilization of the hardware and other resources can result in performance degradation, cost increases and a variety of attack surfaces to defend.

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