Cost reduction is frequently considered to be the primary benefit from virtualizing an IT environment. It’s the most compelling and concrete factor for embarking on a new strategy and is often driven by a ‘compelling event’. This could be a significant hardware refresh, a major operating system migration, a big business-critical application licence renewal or an unplanned service outage.
But cost savings are only one benefit of virtualizing. There are four other essential benefits to realise, which, although they may be perceived as ‘softer’ or indirect, deliver just as much business value as Capex or Opex reductions.
1. Improved Business Continuity
Up to 60% of small businesses that suffer an IT disaster never open their doors again. Your organisation can’t afford to close its doors, even temporarily. Virtualization creates a highly available environment: two thirds of IT professionals have seen enhanced continuity as a result. Recovery times are also improved by simpler replication of data – typically we see organisations back in business within an hour when previous recovery times were averaging at 40 hours.
You can check out how leading companies such as Acorda Therapeutics and Myron F. Steves have optimised their recovery processes and overall continuity via our white paper here.
2. Simplified IT Management
Nine out of ten IT departments spend at least half of their time on routine admin tasks, such as adding new users and managing hardware capacity. Virtualization simplifies these day-to-day processes through intelligent automation and reducing manual overheads, by proactively detecting and resolving issues as they arise.
You can see how The TUI Group and Seven Corners have simplified their processes in our white paper here.
3. Reallocation of IT Resources to More Strategic Uses
With automation comes freedom. By spending less time on basic administrative tasks, your team can free up more of their day for strategic tasks, which deliver important ROI gains. 66% of IT managers report operational enhancements through more efficient support and management within their teams.
Learn how BancVue and Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Technology have maximised their resources and redeployed their staff to more important tasks here.
4. Enhanced Business Responsiveness
Virtualization enables you to scale more rapidly, align with strategic business demands, allocate system resources on the fly and improve infrastructure availability and reliability. Taken as a whole, these dynamic principles are essential for the successful evolution of IT from a back office infrastructure concern to an engine-room of business innovation.
Check out [Link this text to gated white paper] how CharterCARE Health Partners and Nexica have capitalised on virtualization strategies to respond faster to market demands and serve their customers better.
This white paper gives you a variety of insights from leading organisations around the world to help you move your virtualizations plans forward.