Computers are an inseparable part of business because they minimize costs and increase productivity. As a business grows, more computers end up connected to its network. When a network grows too large, data management can get unruly, system maintenance becomes difficult, and consumer software might not cut it. Around this time, most businesses will look into getting a server. Servers can help host files and applications, run enterprise software, and provide computing power for complex tasks.
Most servers are intricate machines with multiple cores and a feature-set that differs somewhat from PCs. It’s easy to leave a server underutilized or improperly configured, which results in wasted memory and power use. With a virtual server, a business doesn’t need to worry about inefficient server use resulting in slowdown and waste. For end-users, the difference between a virtual server and a physical server is indistinguishable, because shared drives, files, and software are accessed as if the server was in-house.
Cloud software vendor VMware estimates that switching to virtual servers saves an average of $3000 annually, per server. Considering the golden ratio is one server for every ten users. Once you start bumping up past ten employees, you can see how the savings add up. Another advantage to consolidating your physical needs to virtual servers is not having to worry about server management and maintenance. Using virtual servers brings many positive improvements and benefits to your work operations.
Minimize Hardware and Software Costs
Every business seeks to maximize profit gain, and the first step to doing that is minimizing operational cost. By removing the need for hardware purchases, using a virtual server saves money. Most servers only use between 5 to 10 percent of their overall processing capabilities, and it’s estimated that 30 percent of servers are entirely unused, but still draw power. By implementing a virtual server, you won’t have to worry about server waste. Hosting your files and software on a single server simplifies your network, without worrying about server optimization.
Save On Energy Costs
A virtual server system drastically reduces the amount of energy your company uses. Servers draw large amounts of power, and any wasted server efficiency directly translates to wasted utilities. On top of latent power draw, hosting multiple servers requires extensive cooling. Virtualizing your servers helps you reduce energy use by a large margin, cutting out power hungry hardware. Combine with the lower cooling requirements, and your power bill will see incredibly positive changes.
Fewer servers mean less maintenance and less downtime. Virtual server hosts specialize in keeping your data accessible at all times. Reliably consistent backups provide great disaster recovery that would require massive resources for your company to maintain locally. Dedicate your time where it counts and don’t worry about unexpected downtime.
Maintaining an Eco-friendly work environment shows your company’s dedication to creating a greener world. A green company inspires employee confidence and helps garner client interest. Implementing virtual servers reduces environmental pollution, helping reduce your businesses carbon footprint. While reducing waste is paramount to conserving environmental resources, it also attracts customers who appreciate green policies. Computers may only contribute to a small percentage of overall waste disposal, but their construction materials aren’t safe for our water systems. Virtualized servers erase the need to purchase servers that won’t fully utilize, and will eventually trash.
Easy Space and Memory Management
Restricting your company to a single server places a bottleneck on your ability to run applications and tasks. Purchase too many servers, and you’re likely to waste money by under using them. When you run on virtual servers, you can rent just the space you need. When you need more capacity, an upgrade is only a click away. On top of virtual space, the physical floor space required to host server racks can be used for other purposes. Adopting virtual servers can have a significant impact on your business, your budget, and the environment.