More companies virtualizing, new studies show
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More companies virtualizing, new studies show

In many industries, companies are becoming heavily reliant on technology to meet client needs. In turn, consumers are coming to expect the quick, highly tailored service that emerging tools allow businesses to give. If organizations want to stay ahead of the curve, it is critical that they include the implementation of newer solutions in all their IT planning.

One of these useful technologies is virtualization. According to the 2013 InformationWeek State of Cloud Computing Survey, more organizations are deploying these technologies than ever before. Of the 446 respondents, 64 percent said their enterprise is utilizing virtualization, up from 56 percent just last year. Meanwhile, use of Software-as-Service declined from 57 percent to 49 percent year-over-year, and Platform-as-a-Service decreased in popularity as well, from 42 percent to 36 percent. This shows that for an increasing number of firms, virtualization is becoming the option of choice for improving operations.

Additionally, 19 percent of those polled rated the performance of their cloud-based applications as superior to the same ones when hosted on-site. While 51 percent of IT leaders were still wary of potential security flaws, there is hope that as cloud computing options begin to mature, companies can experience unprecedented results.

Benefits abound
As more companies consider virtualization, they likely wonder what advantages they could gain as compared to staying with their current legacy solutions. TechRepublic noted that, especially when it comes to optimizing their data centers, businesses could see major positive changes. For example, the source noted that one benefit, especially for smaller firms, may be that virtualization requires less physical hardware. This saves money in initial investments and ongoing maintenance as well as reduces heat buildup, which can damage machines.

In terms of cost savings, TechRepublic emphasized that virtualization produces these results in a number of ways. Not only does running these systems take up less electricity, but because they require fewer in-house IT experts to run, enterprises with tighter budgets can get the advanced solutions they want without needing to hire many more employees. Additionally, virtualizing often results in reduced downtime, which can take its toll on a firm's bottom lines through loss of customers, productivity and more if left unchecked.

Finally, these cloud-based solutions can help organizations reduce their carbon footprints. The source noted that by using these eco-friendly technologies, companies may be able to improve their agility and boost their public image as well. Today's consumers want to make purchases from vendors with principals they believe in, and saving the environment is a cause that anyone can get behind.

But even with the relative ease with which organizations can begin on the path to virtualization, it is better not to travel that road alone. With the help of skilled virtualization consulting services, businesses can be sure that they don't miss out on any of the benefits these emerging solutions have to offer.