Business Continuity Drives SME Virtualization Deployments

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Feb 12, 2010

Virtualization needs in the SME and enterprise are similar, but the IT and business environment is quite different. This special feature on Processor discusses how smaller organizations can maximize the effectiveness of virtualization deployment.

Virtualization in large enterprises tends to get all the attention, but there are many solutions for SME operations.

"Ideally, you can use existing hardware for your virtualization environment. If you are evaluating new equipment, compare the consolidation ratio (for example, eight virtual servers to one physical server) when determining the cost of the deployment. This lets you compare costs on a per-virtual-server basis. If you anticipate needing even more capacity in the future, consider a blade solution. Some vendors offer blade solutions designed specifically for SMEs. With their shared power, cooling, cabling, and storage, blade servers help save space and costs. It’s also easy to add servers to the blade chassis when capacity needs grow."

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