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The Benefits of Data Center Virtualization

When it concerns data center operations there’s plenty to consider. From the physical infrastructure to software abstraction, optimization of the hardware, there are a wide range of factors that could impact business performance and overall productivity.

Virtualization of data centers is one way to simplify things. With virtualization, it’s simpler for IT administrators to reconfigure and provision IT resources at the moment they need them — something that wouldn’t be possible without technology. Automation not only speeds processes up but also ensures that policies are applied consistently and that the right configurations are utilized.

Virtualization is the process of mixing storage devices, servers and networking equipment to create an environment in which multiple IT functions are run on the same server. By doing this, you can optimize the use of servers and lower the cost of hardware. Additionally, the ability to adjust dynamically the allocation of resources improves scalability, keeping capacity under-utilized.

Another benefit of virtualization is the ease in the ability to implement new IT services and applications. Deploying a virtual machine only takes a few minutes as opposed to the days and hours it takes to set up hardware. This flexibility lets businesses quickly adapt to market needs and gain an edge over competitors.

However, IT administrators should keep in mind that a highly virtualized data center isn’t without its risks. If IT teams are inexperienced about spinning up VMs that could result in VM expansion. This excessive use of resources and hardware could lead to performance degradation, cost increases and additional attack surfaces to defend.

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