Virtualization Spells “Money” For SMB IT Consultants In 2013

Virtualization Spells “Money” for SMB IT Consultants in 2013

Listen up, SMB IT guys.

Consider this: The typical small and medium business server uses about 10% of its computing power. But small businesses continue to segment their servers—one server per core function—as companies like Microsoft, Dell, and HP have recommended for years. And while that’s definitely a best practice from a technical perspective, it’s a horrible waste of resources from a financial one.

Enter Virtualization

Ask any 10 small business owners about whether they have dedicated or virtualized IT infrastructure, and at least nine of them are likely to blink stupidly at you. That’s why virtualization holds such money making potential for SMB IT consultants.

In a typical, fully virtualized environment, server computing power utilization jumps from 10% to as much as 60%-70%. That means you could potentially scale every three physical servers down to a single host, which translates to lower licensing fees, lower infrastructure cost, less hardware maintenance, and cheaper energy bills.

For small businesses that rely heavily on technology to function, going virtual can pay for itself in as little as six months. That’s a pretty amazing return on investment.

Beyond Dollars—More Sense

The benefits of virtualization don’t end with cost savings. Virtual servers are almost universally easier to back up and restore, with services like vSphere Data Protection. Plus, when a virtual server’s host crashes, it doesn’t necessarily take down the VM along with it. In a virtualized environment, another server (or even a business continuity appliance) can pick up the load almost instantly and start running the VM as if almost nothing had happened.

Virtualization offers a variety of additional benefits as well, including:

  • Easily configurable software-defined networks.
  • Scalable IT infrastructure that typically doesn’t require downtime to add capacity.
  • Pre- or partially configured virtual software appliances that are ready to go in minutes—sometimes even seconds.
  • Rapid deployment of new VMs—often 5-10 times faster than adding new physical servers.•

Leading the Way in SMB Virtualization

VMware, in particular, has recognized and promoted the value of virtualization all the way down to the single office small business. The company has a specialized Small & Midsize Business Solutions support center and offers a variety of virtualization solutions with attractive incentives for SMB consultants.

Even better, the price tags are low enough that they still appeal to budget-conscious small businesses.

The company also offers a variety of educational resources, including an industry leading certification process and their upcoming VMware Forum 2013. And here’s the best part. The forum’s free—and online.

That’s right. No hotels, no airfares, and no admission fees.  Check it out here!

By Robert Shaw

Sponsored by VMware and Online VMware Forum 2013

Robert

Robert Shaw was an early entrant into the cloud computing sector, working as a consultant for Accenture on server virtualization and software-as-a-service migration. He has also been a technical editor for eHow and other web properties and still provides local IT consulting services.
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