In the old days, when you needed the power of two or three servers, you would have to actually buy two or three servers. Today, you can buy a slightly more optimized server and run three virtual servers on the one machine. This creates cost efficiencies never seen before. For a small business this could mean operating at a more sophisticated level of computing than they thought was within their means.

The concept is simple–we rarely use all the computing power we have access to. With every server purchased, we are likely only using a fraction of its CPU and memory. With virtualization, we can maximize that usage and share those resources.

Virtualization provides flexibility to optimize existing and new hardware, and over the last decade, virtualization has evolved from applying to just servers to entire network infrastructures. You can virtualize switches, routers, and firewalls, and it enables a network architect to build the platform for a future when the need for more servers arises. You can invest today in a server that suits your current needs, knowing that over the next 3-5 years, you can add on virtual servers until you maximize the ROI of that initial purchase.

While the concept is simple, virtualization can get very complex. It requires network infrastructure and product knowledge and experience, and does not eliminate the need to follow the basic precepts of computing which require attention to security, scalability, change management, policy definition, and risk management. Consul-vation’s experience in all of these areas, coupled with a virtualization approach to infrastructure, can create a modern computing backbone that will take your business well into the future.

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