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Can Virtualization Work For You?

A Forward-Thinking Approach to Protecting Your Data

Given how much the pace of business has changed, businesses are under increased pressure to stay efficient, agile and keep their competitive edge. Business leaders must continually invest in their IT systems to keep up with the business requirements.

To that end, it's important to have dependable IT infrastructure that works and keeps a business running. As a business owner, you're also looking for peace of mind in the event a disaster happens.


Naturally, all of these concerns come with a price tag attached. Managing server sprawl and disaster recovery can be expensive and time-consuming. There must be a better, cheaper solution out there, right?


Enter the server solution known as virtualization - a server technology that has already made a big impact on large, Fortune 500-style companies. Now the SMB market can take full advantage of virtualization too.



















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Amit (Sunny) Sahni,
CCNA, CCEA, MCSE, VSP.

Vice-President of Technical Services at Evron Computer Systems Corp.

The Cost Benefit

So what is virtualization and how can it help you and your business?

As anyone running a business with IT infrastructure knows, there are two big problems any growing business must face - increasing network complexity and server sprawl.As more and more applications go onto networked machines, the demands placed on servers are growing like never before. In the pre VM-ware era, independent servers were required for different applications. For example, an email server must be independent of a web-hosting server to avoid problems down the road with conflicting applications.



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Virtualization solves this problem. Instead of using multiple pieces of hardware as servers, virtualization allows for a single server that houses a variety of applications in it.

Unlike traditional approaches, virtual machines simulate hardware instead of using real hardware. This means, in layman's terms, end users of applications - in this case, your workers - can use workstations and terminals connected to a single virtualized machine instead of running off multiple ones locally. Costs are reduced through energy savings, less investment in new servers and you're even being environmentally friendly.


When Disaster Happens

From a cost benefit perspective, virtualization is a strong investment. But what about peace of mind and security?
The old ways of duplication and back-ups through multiple servers is not only costly, but an inefficient use of resources. For example, take email. Many companies use a back-up server to protect company email in the event of a disaster. In the old days, a disaster recovery plan could take several days to implement as virtually all hardware had to be duplicated and the server solutions required significant maintenance overhead to ensure information is accessible or readable afterwards.


How bad is it when your data center goes down? Industry research group Gartner Inc. has determined that two out of every five enterprises that experience a disaster go out of business within five years.

For companies slowed down for days or weeks by a disaster, the numbers are even more ominous: a stunning 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster.


Virtual machines create a safety net for your business. Through continuous data protection, vital network data is sent to a virtualized, off-site server via the Web and over a secure Virtual Private Network constantly. The result? Quick and easy access to your data in the event of a disaster - a digital back-up that offers peace of mind.


Further, with the addition of thin client computing like Citrix or Microsoft Terminal Server, it's possible for workers to access company data even from their own homes.


The proof that virtualized machines are a step forward for SMB in disaster recovery is clear. If a disaster occurs, company data is easily accessible and not at the mercy of days of downtime. It's a solution that could work for you - call us and find out more.


Amit (Sunny) Sahni,

CCNA, CCEA, MCSE, VSP.


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