|The newbie’s guide to virtualization|
You’ve just got word that one of your competitors has virtualized half its IT assets, and that they have almost doubled their profits as a result. You think it’s time for you to jump on the bandwagon and reap the same benefits, BUT…you’re a bit nervous. You have no idea where to start. You may not even know what virtualization is (it basically moves your hardware and software offsite and therefore out of your office). Should you virtualize everything or one thing at a time? What should you virtualize first? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the whole idea and need some guidance, this article will give you some pointers on where to start.
The key to successful virtualization is to not virtualize too much too quickly. Choose one or two items you’d like to test out, and then give it a go. By only focusing on virtualizing a few assets, you’ll be able to accurately measure how much your business is benefiting from virtualization.
Once you’ve decided to make the jump into virtualization, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Don’t virtualize for the sake of virtualizing
If you have 20 PCs running on an older operating system, but they are still producing results you’re happy with, it may be best to save your money and hold off on virtualization until you really have a need for it.
On the other hand, if you’ve been thinking about buying a new server, it may be smarter to consider getting a virtual server instead since the need is already there.
Understand the risks and challenges of virtualizing individual assets
Server, desktop and application vendors have unique and evolving licensing rules concerning virtualization. With vendor licensing audits becoming more and more frequent, you may be in for a major financial penalty if you’re not following the rules.
It’s been reported that one company saved $4 million in hardware expenses through virtualization. However, they lost $52 million for not remaining in compliance with the software licenses.
Try virtualizing more than one asset
If you start out only virtualizing your server and it doesn’t show immediate benefits, that doesn’t mean you should just give up on virtualization completely. The fact of the matter is that virtualization does save businesses millions of dollars every year in IT expenses, giving them a productivity boost in the process.
You can virtualize many physical assets of your business besides servers. This includes applications, laptop hardware, operating systems and more. All the virtualization process does is deliver these assets to you via the internet instead of having the physical product in your office. So if the server virtualization doesn’t work for you, maybe virtualizing another asset will.
Or it could simply be that your IT service provider is the real problem. Maybe you haven’t found the right virtualization vendor that works best for your business. The only way you’ll ever find out is if you don’t give up the first time you encounter a failure.
For more information about virtualization and how to effectively integrate it into your business, contact us today.
Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.
|4 useful mobile marketing tips|
In this era of ever-present technology, mobile phones are among one of the most frequently used devices for Internet access. They’ve changed the way most people live; gone are hardcover books, in are eBooks, no more paper money, it’s PayPal all the way. So what does this mean for businesses? It means you can no longer ignore the power of mobile! It’s convenient, popular, and here to stay. Check out some of these mobile marketing tips to make sure you’re on top of things and can deliver what customers expect from your business.
|Added security to protect FaceTime and iMessage|
Whatever services and systems we use to share, store or transfer personal and business information online, we want the reassurance that our data is safe and that everything possible is done to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. But we also know that security breaches happen, as they did with the large-scale celebrity photo leaks in 2014. Since then, Apple platforms in particular have been prevalent in discussions about the security of such platforms – but Apple is now seeking to bolster its security defenses with the launch of a two-step authentication feature for the FaceTime and iMessage applications.
|How to stay profitable during an IT disaster|
Are you prepared for when the unexpected strikes? According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, approximately 25 percent of businesses don’t reopen following a major disaster. The truth is that disasters happen every day, regardless of location or business size – simply switch on the news for proof. So obviously, it’s wise to think ahead and plan for the worst. Here are some ideas to get you ready for a disaster before it hits.
|The social media app using cats for privacy|
Long gone are the days when the only photos you would see on your Facebook page were snaps of weddings, holidays and the like. Now, alongside countless selfies in unremarkable situations and obligatory dish-pics of restaurant foods, we are blessed with the meme. Among the most popular memes are photos of cats in odd positions with humorous captions – well, one new entrant to the social media marketplace wants to take that a bit further. It could be about to flood Facebook with lots more cat photos in a bid to protect your online privacy.