Virtualization systems can offer individuals and organizations a host of benefits, including more power and can help them save money.

Although the task of transferring everything from an old system to a new, virtualized one can seem overwhelming, the idea is quickly catching on. The virtualization solutions market is projected to include more than 20 percent of the overall market by 2016. Those interested in the switch wonder what the benefits of the newer types of systems will be. Virtualization systems can offer individuals and organizations a host of benefits, including more power and can help them save money. Here are just a few of the reasons organizations should consider switching.


Compared to the legacy systems, virtualization systems can help companies save on floor space, equipment, and energy. By transferring data from physical machines to virtual machines, companies do not require as many physical servers on location. This means that they do not need as much space to store the equipment and they can reduce the amount of physical pieces they have to buy and maintain. Not only does this save them space, it also reduces the amount that is spent on energy for the building. Physical servers must have power and they must be kept cool, which can add to the electric bill. Fewer machines mean fewer energy costs. Some measurements indicate that virtualization can reduce server energy consumption by 82 percent and reduce needed floor space by 85 percent. Those who love helping the environment will be happy with the reduced footprint of the organization, while those who love more money in their pockets will love the positive effect the changes would have on the bottom line.

Streamlined use

Virtualization machines often offer a variety of benefits that are not found on legacy machines. Fault tolerance, live migration, and storage migration help companies increase their amount of uptime and improve recovery should there be an outage. According to measurements by VMWare, virtualization decreased system downtime by 26 percent.

Virtual systems also allow IT departments to provide the company with faster provisioning. The elasticity that is standard with the systems mean that it can make way for a new application rapidly, without wasting time ordering software and spending considerable time configuring the physical machines. When a request comes in, the IT department is able to respond nearly instantly. This also helps to improve the productivity of the organization as a whole.

Disaster recovery

Companies of all sizes want to build ways to protect themselves from system disasters, and a virtual system makes that even easier. Since the company is not tied to any particular piece of physical equipment or server model, it is easier to build a disaster recovery system because they do not have to worry about exactly matching the two. The smaller number of machines also means that it is cheaper to build a disaster recovery site. As an added failsafe, companies can often even run a program to test their plan to see if it would be successful in the event of a problem. Data gathered by VMWare indicates that server incidents were reduced by 27 percent and rework and testing was improved by 26 percent with virtualization.

Cloud compatibility

With increasing frequency, companies are moving most of their businesses applications to the cloud. Virtualizing servers helps to prepare the organization to move everything to the cloud. Many get started by virtualizing various aspects in a private cloud for additional security. Those who are already using these private clouds will be in a better position to move to the public cloud and to use the cloud widely throughout company life as the technology progresses.

Virtualization offers many benefits over legacy servers. They help companies streamline their operations and increase their productivity while also protecting against disasters. While it may seem overwhelming to move the data from a legacy server to a virtualized one, it is important to remember that using a virtualized server also helps companies position themselves to take advantage of the latest technology.