Can Virtualization Rule the IT World?
Virtualization is vital to keeping costs down in your IT business. With the right virtualization solution, you’ll be able to run several operating systems and applications from a single server. You’ll get more out of your servers and spend less money on hardware.
What Does Virtualization Do?
Virtualization helps you manage the load on your network, storage and servers by dividing available bandwidth into independent channels that can immediately respond to the needs of their assigned servers or devices.
Overall, virtualization is part and parcel of a larger movement toward automation to help improve business processes and efficiencies. The backup and protection of virtual servers and desktops is increasingly crucial for successful IT management.
Physical backups require an agent at each endpoint—and deployment is followed by an after-hours backup—whereas virtualization makes use of backup applications built specifically to communicate with the virtual host and image each virtual instance in the most efficient way possible.
Not having to deploy an agent into each virtual instance streamlines management, improves performance and allows backup applications to take advantage of virtual image technologies including storage application programming interface (API) and volume shadow copy service (VSS).
How Does It Work?
Instead of deploying agents to each physical instance, virtual-specific vendors employ a different approach. The software communicates with the host, contacting each hypervisor and asking: “Are you ready for back up?” Then, using VSS in the case of Hyper-V, it takes a snapshot of the data to be protected.
This approach optimizes resources, is very fast and allows for short backup windows. Virtualization retains granular recovery ability for select applications, like extracting emails from Exchange, while also providing true availability for disaster recovery. By having a remote instance alongside your local instance, the spin-up process is exponentially faster.
Benefits of Virtualization
Making the transition to virtual systems comes with tremendous benefits. You’ll be more than doubling server use, cutting your hardware needs by 90% and cutting your expenses in half. Plus, you’ll be able to offer your clients reliable, flexible support that improves customer satisfaction.
Virtualization continues to grow in significance, and it holds extreme promise for scalability. For managed service providers (MSPs), it unifies resources and maximizes return on investment. With an understanding of the increasing importance of your clients’ virtualization strategy, you can offer viable virtual solutions with granular recovery options that keep client systems and data both accessible and protected. That kind of service is a differentiator that creates a competitive advantage for MSPs.
Now’s the time to solve your clients’ pain points by making virtualization a priority. A solution this powerful is poised to be a go-to model for providing the best possible service to your clients.