Virtual servers can help you save money, space and make it much easier to recover applications and files when a crisis hits. Plus, they’re less expensive and safer than you think.

Until recently, server virtualization was thought of as something that only larger companies — with dozens or hundreds of physical servers — needed and could afford. But times, technology and the cost of virtual servers have changed, and today mid-sized and even small businesses with just a few servers stand to benefit from going virtual.

How to Decide if Server Virtualization Is Right for Your Business

If you are a very small business, with just one server, you probably don’t need to go virtual. However, anybody with more than one server should consider server virtualization, said Mike Egmont, a partner at Flagship Networks, a company that helps small and mid-sized businesses go virtual. And anybody with more than three servers really should.” He also includes anyone replacing or upgrading their existing servers in the should-consider-virtualization category.

A good candidate for server virtualization would be a company that is going through [or planning] a hardware refresh, an application upgrade or is looking to improve their disaster recovery strategy, added Mark Bowker, a senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. Server virtualization can also help smaller businesses better control IT costs and free up IT staff for other tasks. Similarly, it can also free up valuable real estate as a single virtual server can replace several (or more) physical servers.

To learn more about virtual servers, read my latest article, “Why SMBs Should Consider Server Virtualization.” It explains what server virtualization is in terms ANYONE can understand, and provides tips on how to choose the right virtual server and systems integrator for your small (or mid-sized) business.

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