The Benefits of Data Center Virtualization

When it is time to run a data center there are a lot of factors to consider. There are many factors that affect business performance and productivity, including the physical infrastructure, software abstraction, hardware optimization and more.

Virtualization of data centers is a way to make things simpler. Virtualization allows IT administrators to manage and configure IT resources at will, something that would not be possible without technology. This automation doesn’t just speed up processes but also ensures that policies are always followed and that the right configurations are utilized.

Virtualization is the process of mixing storage devices, servers and networking equipment to create an environment that allows multiple IT functions to run on one server. This way you can optimize server use and reduce hardware costs. The ability to dynamically allocate resources improves scalability because it avoids under-utilized capacity.

Another benefit of virtualization is the ease the ability to launch new IT services and applications. The deployment of a virtual machine takes a few seconds, as compared to the hours and days it would take to configure hardware. This flexibility allows businesses to have the ability to quickly adapt to changing market conditions and gain competitive edge.

Nevertheless, IT administrators should keep in mind that a virtualized data center isn’t without its risks. If IT departments are too relaxed in spinning up VMs and allowing them to run, it could result in VM overgrowth. The overuse of the hardware and other resources can cause performance degradation, cost increases and more attack targets to defend.