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Few technology trends have attracted greater notice from small to medium sized enterprises than virtualisation (or virtualization). As the name suggests, virtualisation is the name given to the creation of a virtual, rather than actual version of something, which could be an operating system (OS), storage device or hardware platform, to give a few examples. Whereas a physical computer is obviously a complete and actual machine from both a subjective (user's) and objective (hardware system administrator's) point of view, a virtual machine can be subjectively regarded as a complete machine or at least very close, but objectively only a set of files and running programs on a physical, actual machine (of which the user may not necessary even be aware).

Virtualisation involves hardware being emulated to create virtual environments, which means that multiple operating systems and software applications can be run on a single physical server. There are a number of different computing technologies that now feature the term in their names, including platform virtualisation, server virtualisation, application virtualisation and desktop virtualisation, to name just a few. This should give you a small idea of the many possibilities of virtualisation, which can bring a wide range of benefits for your company's IT infrastructure. Virtualisation allows you to make your IT infrastructure more agile and adaptive, with downtime minimised and the total cost of IT ownership brought down.

From your company's servers and operating systems to its data storage and software applications, there are many aspects of your IT infrastructure that can be enhanced by virtualisation. You may, for example, be interested in the possibilities of server consolidation, as you can extract the maximum value from your hardware by running more than one operating system on the same server. You may also be interested in simplified backup and enhanced disaster recovery, with scheduled and unscheduled downtime alike reduced as a result. Many firms are also interested in improving their enterprise desktop management and control, with the result being that desktops can be deployed faster and the number of support calls due to application conflicts reduced.

Virtualisation also allows you to host legacy applications, such as software applications that can only run on older operating systems, while you can also look forward to decreased testing and development costs, given that you can simply test and develop new software in the virtual environment rather than put live systems at risk. You can also consolidate and secure your storage, making use of thin provisioning and snapshots with the most recent storage virtualisation and SAN technology. Virtualisation brings with it both environmental and financial efficiency, which reduces costs, and it simply allows you to make the most of what you have, using less hardware and reducing your utilisation of data centre space, to the ultimate benefit of your server to admin ratio.

Here at Proxar IT, we can help you to plan and deploy the most suitable virtualisation solution. Our engineers will assess your current IT infrastructure and your virtualisation and storage requirements, considering the cost of implementation and training as well as the business case for virtualisation, before providing you with appropriate recommendations. Get in touch with our friendly, capable and professional team today to find out more about the advantages of virtualisation technology for your business.