3 Benefits of Virtualization for Your Business

What is Virtualization?

Virtualization is the process of taking the physical and making it virtual – this means taking hardware, like a computer or network switch, and detaching them from their physical environments.

How Does Virtualization Work?

Hardware is made virtual through technology called a hypervisor. These “virtualized” systems, typically called virtual machines (VMs), are then stored in the cloud. For example, Netsweeper, which is content filtering technology, can work in virtual environments created with the help of software like OpenStack, VMWare, and Hyper-V, to provide scalable and easy to manage solutions for Telcos and other service providers.

This is useful for service providers who want to increase efficiency. With virtualization, servers can run multiple systems, and be cloned, backed-up, and restored at the click of a button. Servers can also run programs in isolation (programs running on one VM can be isolated from other processes taking place on other VMs) which can increase the security of that program.

In addition to the technical benefits, there are also many business benefits to using virtualization.

What are the Benefits of Virtualization?

1. Scalability – if your company grows, virtualized environments allow you to easily install new applications and upgrades because you won’t always have to purchase new infrastructure components. You can also expand and contract the resources you need based on actual usage.

2. Cost Savings – traditional servers only run at about 30% capacity and consume a lot of energy. Through virtualization, this number is increased, ensuring that you’re getting the most out of your servers.

3. Speedy Recovery Time – Older infrastructures take more than a few hours to recover from a system failure or a disaster. With virtualization, you will experience faster recovery, which means that your business can continue to operate and generate revenue

But What About Security?

Virtualization offers security benefits as well. If the VM becomes infected with malware, there is the option to “rollback” to before it was infected. This is often not an option, or more difficult, with non-virtualized operating systems. Malware often finds its way into the core components of the OS, which will remain despite system rollbacks.

Did you know that internet content filtering is another way of increasing the efficiency and cost savings of your network? Employees often enjoy surfing news sites at work, where malware can be hidden. Content filtering blocks dangerous websites, and you can receive alerts and run reports to show your employees. Web surfing is reduced, employees become more cautious, and you reduce the risk of malware finding its way onto your network.

Why not combine the efficiency of virtualization with the productivity gains, and protection, you can get from a Netsweeper web content filtering solution? Netsweeper has deployed filtering solutions on physical hardware as well VMWare, Microsoft Hyper-V, and OpenStack environments.

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