The Advantages of Virtualizing Mission-Critical Applications

“Mission-critical” means that reliability can’t be compromised. The applications on which business users rely every day to generate revenue, service clients and keep the company operating need to be as close to bulletproof as possible. In pursuing this, many IT departments are forced to over-invest in infrastructure, constraining budgets and making other investments impossible (or at least delaying them). Application virtualization can alleviate this problem, ensuring that Tier 1 applications remain sufficiently protected without creating a disproportionate burden on your IT budget.

Quite simply, application virtualization makes sure your applications come first – not your budget.

The issue of protecting the availability and performance of mission-critical applications comes down to resources – like just about everything else in your IT infrastructure. When utilization spikes, especially unexpectedly, what is the result? The result can be a threat to normal business operations, and the impact can stretch even beyond front-line employees to customers and prospects. The impact of an under-performing application is profound, and there’s no substitute for ensuring availability and reliability at all times.

The performance of mission-critical applications isn’t just an IT challenge, therefore: it manifests business-wide and throughout the marketplace.

Application virtualization addresses any underlying resource limitations, making it possible to bring almost the entire datacenter to bear on surges in end-user demand. The high availability characteristics of leading hypervisors will enable your team to achieve reliability and performance targets while simplifying deployment at a lower licensing cost.

By freeing an application from the platform on which it resides – by making computing power portable – a mission-critical application can gain access to under-utilized systems temporarily and on demand to bolster its performance. So, when end users need an application most, as a period of peak demand implies, the resources will be available and accessible to support their needs.

This stands in stark contrast to the traditional model, in which applications had to be over-provisioned for the unknown – often at considerable expense and with the risk that the additional capacity would rarely be used. Instead, application virtualization allows mission-critical applications to consume existing excess or under-utilized systems, making previous technology investments inherently more valuable.

Over-investment is no longer the key to ensuring reliability. Use virtualization to power mission-critical applications, and you’ll realize heightened results at a lower cost and with a salient increase in efficiency.

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About Steve McDonald

Steve leads the Server Platform and Virtualization practice at Softchoice where he is responsible for ensuring that Softchoice is delivering the full value of emerging data center and desktop virtualization trends to our customers.