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When the process of server virtualization first emerged, it was generally regarded as the province of very large companies, hoping to make the most out of a bank of dozens upon dozens of physical servers. As the technology has evolved, however—and as the very nature of Information Technology has radicalized the way people think about business—even very small companies have realized that server virtualization yields ample rewards. For those seeking IT support services, server virtualization can boost your efficiency in a variety of ways, no matter the size of your business.

Server Virtualization 101
Before considering the impact that server virtualization can have on your small business, take a moment to consider this technology more broadly. Server virtualization is essentially a means of leveraging the power of a single physical server into various “virtual,” or private servers. The physical server is partitioned, and the server’s resources are masked from users. In other words, a group of users can all privately and independently use a single physical server.

Server Virtualization and Your Small Business
There are numerous reasons why server virtualization is such an invaluable and in-demand small business IT practice, not the least of which is the more efficient use of company resources. When a physical server is partitioned into a number of virtual servers, the effect is a reduction in the total number of physical servers your small business needs—which brings with it a decrease in hardware maintenance cost.

Server virtualization is also an ideal way to reduce IT operational costs. You’ll probably need to consult with a support services IT company in order to implement server virtualization, but then you’ll be able to run many different operating systems from the same server. Those operating systems can be used and even rebooted independently of one another, by the different members of your team. The long and short of it is that server virtualization allows for running more applications on fewer servers, something that helps your small business utilize assets more efficiently and effectively.

Server Virtualization as Precautionary Measure

Server virtualization can maximize small business efficiency in other ways, as well—namely, in preventing the disastrous effects of data loss. Virtualized data exists independently from any particular piece of physical hardware. This makes for maximum portability—all of your data can be stored in one file and easily transferred from one virtualized server to another—and means that installing or recovering applications or data can be done in a fraction of the time it would normally take. As far as Information Technology service and support goes, server virtualization can yield a massive spike in efficiency, both in terms of your time and your other resources.

Who Benefits from Server Virtualization?
Does your small business stand to benefit from server virtualization? If you have more than a single physical server, the answer is probably a resounding yes. Furthermore, any small business preparing to upgrade hardware or applications, or simply seeking to avoid the effects of a data loss disaster, should think seriously about consulting a small business IT service.

For local companies seeking ESX, Hyper-V or XenServer services Indianapolis offers many options, chief among them Control-Z IT. Control-Z is certified by the industry leaders in virtualization, VMWare & Microsoft. Our engineers have over 12 years experience deploying/managing Citrix Xenserver dating back to the days of "main-frames."

Click here to learn more about Control-Z's virtualization services.