Technology in this day and age is an integral part of any business, large or small. With each employee comes another set of costs: a new PC, a tablet, a smart phone, dedicated email, each chipping away at the servers that contain everything. Perhaps your business requires a few servers, a few dozen, a few hundred. But what do you do when a server fails or you suffer an unexpected disaster?
September is National Disaster Preparedness month and while we’ve talked about creating a data disaster preparedness plan in previous articles, having the proper technologies in place, those that can quickly have you back up and running – quickly – is essential to recovery. In a recent survey by a nationwide network of Cisco partners, 65 percent of employees who experienced an outage on their computer and were working in a virtualized workplace had it restored in less than one day.
Server virtualization is a rapidly evolving technology that is becoming more and more cost efficient for businesses of any size. As SmallBizTechnology’s own Ramon Ray has written on several occasions, there are plenty of reasons why server virtualization is beneficial to small businesses. For example, physical servers often utilize only a fraction of their computing power, take up space, and increase power and cooling costs. By virtualizing your servers, you cut down on space used, allocate more computing power, and lower cooling and power costs.
Even further, it’s much easier, and affordable, to invest in safeguards for a single virtual server than for multiple physical servers or each employee computer. Businesses can also save money by investing in backup software to protect company files. While employees may forget to backup important files, with software in place business owners can rest knowing in the event of anything, their files are undamaged because they’re not stored locally. While this opens up the topic of whether local storage is even necessary, anyone who’s suffered recovery problems know it’s best to keep backups, and even backups of backups, just in case.
Virtualization can lead to some pretty big benefits for businesses. While the lower costs and reliability of backups are huge advantages, the ability to recover from server downtime quickly is essential. So while the crushed servers are being tossed out, you can kick your feet up on your oak table and restore your business from backed up virtual server storage.