How can a small business benefit from virtualization?

dthomas

When I think of virtualization, I think of large businesses and corporations. Does virtualization offer any real benefits to small businesses, or is the technology still too “exotic” for the benefits to have trickled down to SMB?

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ehtan
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I think many people think of virtualization as something that only has benefits for large companies, but that’s not really the case. Virtualization can save small businesses money, and help you do more without the need to expend a lot of capital. HERE is a link to an article on virtualization for small businesses from Microsoft Business. It lists four main advantage of virtualization for SMB:

1. Add another business application or database without increasing the number of physical hardware servers to worry about.

2. Decreased energy consumption and technology maintenance costs. 

3. Enhanced disaster recovery plan.

4. Stretch your companies technology budget.

jimlynch
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Six Reasons Small Businesses Need Virtualization
http://www.cio.com/article/697804/Six_Reasons_Small_Businesses_Need_Virt...

"If you run a small or mid-sized business, server virtualization promises cost savngs and improved IT efficiency. To help ensure you understand the advantages, we drew up a list of the most tangible benefits that virtualization has to offer small and mid-sized businesses."

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