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Virtualization, its opportunities, and how to avoid wasting them

Among all the sectors that had to change and adapt in the face of the pandemic, technology was undoubtedly one of the most radical, since virtuality was the protagonist in people’s lives and virtualization was consolidated as a trend that grows exponentially in the corporate world, for its excellent opportunities to improve remote work, processing data, running systems or storing files, among other possibilities.

According to IDC, 65% of global GDP will be digitized by 2022, and investments in direct digital transformation will reach 6.8 trillion dollars between 2020 and 2023. A challenge for technology providers who must support their clients to become companies digital of the future.

The demand for connectivity and cloud services grows every day to provide an excellent service to remote users. But, on the other hand, the technological adaptation of the last year 2020 showed many challenges that became a trend, such as the fact that many applications were not made to work from the Internet, so technology providers had to help their customers to virtualize them and work them efficiently.

And while virtualization promises to offer versatility and savings for businesses by allowing multiple applications to be processed on the same machine without losing performance, productivity, or efficiency, the experience of this year of transformations showed that these projects must be approached in a planned way and with expert partners.

We could summarize the main caveats when embracing virtualization in three:

  • Old hardware should not be used, as it ends up affecting performance.
  • A virtualization process should not be started without a plan to avoid incompatible or unnecessary virtual environments.
  • We must consider investments in three key areas: monitoring, redundancy, and optimization of virtual systems.

Let’s stop at the monitoring area, as it is the basis of the other two. Good monitoring of the entire platform will allow predicting potential future problems and, in turn, will provide valuable information when optimizing virtual platforms.

Precisely, optimization is another area to attend to, as it is probably the least addressed aspect and an excellent example of how an opportunity can be lost. The appeal of virtual systems is that they share a standard set of resources. Resources that are not used simultaneously. However, it is not uncommon for systems to be re-implemented as designed for the original environment, missing the opportunity to downsize and generate promised savings.

Virtualization is bringing multiple benefits to businesses:

  • Reducing the hardware burden on IT management
  • Improving the efficiency of physical devices
  • Consolidating various functions and operating systems

In a pandemic, it represented savings in time and effort: it allowed employees and managers to access their data and applications remotely, IT teams to solve problems remotely, take disaster recovery processes from days or hours to minutes or seconds. And for many, it has represented a saving in investment in physical infrastructure, facilities and spaces, even lowering energy consumption and the carbon footprint.

In the words of some experts in the field, the benefits of virtualization for companies translate into reduced costs in IT infrastructure, reduced downtime, and network resilience, in addition to greater efficiency, productivity, and independence.

Advantages and promises will only happen if they go hand in hand with good advice, adequate investment, and first-rate implementation.

by Andres Cuneo. – ANIDA LATAM


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