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4 Key Benefits of a Virtual Infrastructure

Ever wish you could add extra computing capabilities during your busiest seasons, but without committing to the permanent expense? Wish you could save money, free up physical space, and increase your company’s capabilities?

Well, you don’t need to wish for it. There’s a way you can make it happen: virtual infrastructure.

Virtualization is a process that enables the resources of a single computer to be portioned into multiple virtual machines (VMs). Each VM behaves independently, and can run a separate operating system.

They can be used to host applications, test software, and perform any other activity that could be accomplished with a physical computer.

Virtual infrastructure takes that concept even further, and could provide exactly the sort of benefits you’ve been looking for.

Let’s break it down.

What is a Virtual Infrastructure?

A virtual infrastructure is a software-based infrastructure hosted on a different physical infrastructure.

The virtual infrastructure is designed to be distributed as a service to multiple users. You can implement a virtual infrastructure using on-premises hardware, or through a third-party provider.

Cloud computing’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) model relies heavily on virtualization to provide flexibility and scalability.

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How does a Virtual Infrastructure Benefit Your Business?

Deploying a virtual infrastructure rather than a traditional hardware-based environment provides numerous benefits.

From financial savings to business flexibility, let’s take a closer look at four major reasons you might want to implement or migrate to a virtual infrastructure.

Reduced IT Expenses

With a virtual infrastructure, you can reduce your organization’s IT expenses in several ways.

The most obvious savings come from eliminating the capital costs associated with hardware purchases. Because there’s less physical hardware to administer and maintain, you significantly reduce operational expenses.

On top of this, there are a few more subtle ways you’ll save money, too.

Companies hosting a virtual infrastructure onsite will also enjoy lower cooling costs, with energy-intensive & heat-producing hardware eliminated or reduced.

Additionally, you can use the space that would have been occupied by computer hardware for other purposes, or even eliminate it altogether for additional savings.

Enhanced Resiliency

A virtual infrastructure results in enhanced resiliency in the event of a major disruption or disaster.

Provisioning a new virtual environment takes a fraction of the time necessary to reconstruct a physical environment. This aspect of a virtual infrastructure provides additional protection for mission-critical systems, and improves business continuity.

Backing up a virtual environment is less resource-intensive than protecting a physical environment, and snapshots can be taken frequently to allow for fast and targeted recovery.

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Increased Agility

Virtual infrastructures provide the increased agility required of modern companies to address evolving business objectives.

Systems can be easily commissioned and decommissioned to handle fluctuating or seasonal requirements.

Additionally, developers can roll out multiple VMs to test alternate software solutions at will to reduce the time-to-market of new products.

Elevated Environmental Posture

Virtualization, and the accompanying reduction in hardware & power necessary to run & cool it, reduces your company’s carbon footprint.

Not only does that offer positive PR benefits, it offers more tangible ones, too.

The money saved can be used to grow your business in ways that would be impossible with the costs of traditional infrastructure.

Real Experience for Implementing a Virtual Infrastructure

The benefits of a virtual infrastructure can be enormous.

There’s less investment in hardware, as well as less maintenance required.

You can quickly scale your capabilities up or down, without committing to the long-term costs of physical equipment.

And, you secure better resiliency than with physical systems in place.

But, how do you go about setting it up? Where do you turn for the help you need?

Maybe you’re not sure it’s the right solution for you, but you have a few questions you’d like to ask.

With Ideal Integrations, and our cybersecurity division Blue Bastion, there’s no reason you need to go it alone. 

We have the experience you need to help your company achieve all of these benefits, with a wide range of virtualization options.

In fact, we offer five different types of virtualization solutions to fit your organization’s unique needs.

They include:

  • Server virtualization
  • Desktop virtualization
  • Software virtualization
  • Storage virtualization
  • Network virtualization

We can help you design and implement a virtual infrastructure on-premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid environment.

Simply contact us at 412-349-6680, or fill out the form below, and our security and IT experts will gladly outline your options and best solutions.

Get in touch with us today and find out how your business can benefit from virtual infrastructure.

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