Cloud computing and virtualization both cost-effective options

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Cloud computing and virtualization have quickly become IT building blocks for companies looking for ways to boost efficiency without going over budget. HostReview’s Brent Johnson recently explained the benefits of the cloud and virtual environments.

According to Johnson, the cloud and virtualization allow companies to make more efficient use of hardware. In terms of the cloud, firms can deliver resources through the Internet, paying for services such as processing power and storage on a metered basis. Organizations leveraging hosted environments can also lessen their reliance on IT support staff because vendors handle such tasks.

Virtualization makes it possible for companies to split physical hardware into multiple services and applications, Johnson explained. These resources are then all operated from within a single system. By consolidating servers in this fashion, businesses can save “a ton of money.”

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with limited resources can benefit greatly from implementing cloud computing and virtualization. Disasters can strike at any time, placing corporate resources in harm’s way and negatively impacting productivity. SMBs using innovative technologies such as cloud and virtual environments can be ready for future disruptions.

SMBs embracing cloud and virtualization
A survey conducted by Spiceworks found that SMBs are leveraging many solutions to improve their operations. Cloud computing and virtualization appear to be at the top of SMBs’ priority lists concerning such technologies, with 62 percent using the cloud in some capacity and nearly two-thirds relying on server virtualization.

In addition to the cloud and virtual environments, SMBs are also spending on other solutions, according to Jay Hallberg, co-founder and marketing vice president at Spiceworks.

“The world’s SMBs continue to increase their investment in new technologies, including tablet devices, smartphones, cloud services and virtualization,” said Hallberg. “The results of our research bode well for the industry as new technologies become more pervasive and prompt IT departments to make additional investments.”

Retaining legacy equipment is not always a viable option for SMBs operating on tight budgets. These systems are not only expensive to maintain, but they are not as agile as cloud or virtual environments. Meeting today’s demands or addressing tomorrow’s trends are crucial capabilities for would-be successful companies. Outdated infrastructures simply cannot handle such mission-critical tasks like the cloud and virtualization can. SMBs considering updating their IT departments could do worse than investing in the cloud and virtualization.

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