A lot of businesses like to stay on the “cutting edge” of modern technology, or at least, they like to say that. And who could really blame them? Technology offers up a lot of advantages to businesses, from increased efficiency, to driving down costs. However, what technologies should businesses really invest in? And which ones should they stay away from? Well, that’s the point of this blog series. Trying to help you, the consumer, understand which technology you should invest in.

For the first part of this series, I’d like to focus on a relatively new development in technology called “Virtualization“. Virtualization, simply put, is creating a virtual version of something; that could either be a server, storage device or even a operating system. With virtualization, you could have Windows 10 and let’s say, an IP PBX server running concurrently; all on the same machine.

But, how does this help you exactly? Well, let’s focus on something called Desktop Virtualization. Now, picture this. Let’s say you’re a small to medium sized business, with around 10-50 employees, each of whom has individual laptop or desktop computers. That means you have 10-50 computers to maintain, all of which require operating system patches, virus scans, multitudes of configuration options and who knows what else. That poor IT guy! Now, take a step back, and imagine if all of these operating systems were virtualized…i.e, each laptop is simply loading the exact same OS and configurations as the dozens of other computers, all from a single server. That means, no more virus scans, no OS updates for each individual computer. All your updates are applied to one centralized server. What does that spell for your business? Less maintenance, increased productivity, increased savings and more security. Not to mention, flexibility. With a virtualized PC, you can access your applications and data from anywhere with an internet connection.

Now, let’s shift to another virtualization technology: Virtual Storage Area Network (or VSAN for short). VSAN is a cloud storage option that allows you to have ever increasing storage. How is that possible? Well, let’s say you have three storage servers. All of which have 500 GB worth of storage. In a VSAN environment, that the equivalent of having one server with 1.5 TB worth of space. And if you need more, it’s simple. Just add another server to the VSAN cluster. It get’s better though. Are you afraid of losing data? With VSAN, you can put those fears at ease. In a VSAN environment, even if one entire server goes down, you won’t miss a beat. The other two servers already have the data of the server that crashed. That means no loss of data, no loss of productivity and depending on your business, no fear of litigation. And that’s something everyone can get behind.