Take it to the Cloud.

By Wendy Sanacore

Everywhere you turn now, you hear people buzzing about Virtualization and going to the Cloud. So, what is it? And why is it so great for your company?

Here's high level overview of what Virtualization is. Right now, most businesses utilize single application servers that run on an operating system across several data centers. This creates a very high cost scale factoring in hardware, data facilities, operating systems and costs and maintenance.

Virtualization is a new technology that provides an alternative to incurring all these costs by allowing you to run multiple virtual machines on a single physical machine, with each virtual machine sharing the resources of that one physical computer across multiple environments. Different virtual machines can run different operating systems and multiple applications on the same physical computer. Multiple operating systems can run concurrently on a single physical computer and share hardware resources with each other allowing you to safely run several operating systems and applications at the same time on a single computer, with each having access to the resources it needs.

With Virtualization, you don’t need to assign servers, storage, or network bandwidth permanently to each application. Instead, your hardware resources are dynamically allocated when and where they’re needed within your private cloud. Your highest priority applications always have the necessary resources without wasting money on excess hardware only used at peak times. Connect this private cloud to a public cloud to create a hybrid cloud, giving your business the flexibility, availability and scalability it needs to thrive.

In turn, this results in tremendous savings by consolidating the number of servers running. In addition, the ROI has been incredible for those companies that have switched to Virtualization. As a trend,most companies see a return on their investment in as little as three to six months.