Why buying servers for each application won’t cut it.

Still buying servers for each application? It’s time to get on board with virtualization.  

Inertia can be a powerful force. Whether it’s the inertia that comes from a lack of understanding and fear of the unknown or the kind that comes from believing something ought to be done a certain way because, heck, it’s always been done that way, so why change? Either way, inertia on the IT front is a recipe for watching your business fall behind.

The reality is, at least when it comes to virtualization, if your organization is not on board in a very real way, and you or your organization still believe that it makes sense to buy a server for every application you’re using, someone’s missing some of the most basic efficiencies that virtualization offers – for instance, needlessly increasing electrical consumption disproportionate to the value of the application and needlessly increasing administrative burden on IT staff. What that means is you can be seriously overspending and under-delivering for your organization. That’s the bottom line – literally and figuratively.

But, you might be thinking or dealing with people in your organization who resist, telling you: “I heard that not all applications can be virtualized, so why bother? It’s just too risky.” That may be one of the most common misconceptions of virtualization and it happens to mostly be wrong. The truth is, if diligence is done to properly design an environment for an application, there are very few that cannot be virtualized. And even if there is some risk – as there is with any process such as this – it can be largely mitigated.

One point of inflection that might start you on the road to championing virtualization within your organization might be something as simple as renewals of your hardware maintenance plans. If the plans are costing your organization the same or more than refreshing two- to three-year-old equipment, someone might want to start asking what a more responsible way to maximize efficiencies might be.

If you’re at least open to be convinced of the benefits of virtualization, your first step ought to be reaching out and engaging with the right subject matter expert – Softchoice, for instance, but really any qualified partner – someone who can provide assessments, proof of concept implementations and mountains of data to show you, in a very concrete way, the efficiencies that can be gained by your organization with virtualization.

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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.