The Limitations

Before you move all your old physical systems to the cloud and deploy a number of virtual servers within your IT infrastructure, you must understand the limitations of virtualisation. The advantages of going virtual and onto the could far outweigh the limitations; however, they should be taken into consideration before implementing virtualisation within your organisation.

Server virtualisation is one of the main limitations because virtualisation divides the processing power. This means that if large databases are stored on the virtual servers that involve a lot of transaction processing, all other processes might get slowed down. Thus the efficiency goes down. Moreover, if the physical server unit fails for some reason, all the virtual components become unavailable.

The Solution

A probable solution can be using two physical servers (each with the same configuration) and a centralized storage for all the virtualised components. This is a safe and secure solution but it has the potential to become cost-intensive and might not be feasible for small businesses with tight budgets.

Start Small

Finally, moving to the cloud and managed IT services involves setting everything up seamlessly and then managing a virtual environment. Without the proper experience and training, this is not as easy as it might sound. Then, factor in the costs to employ skilled manpower to look after the virtual set-up. You might not have to but don’t be taken aback by these costs. For these reasons, it’s recommended that you start small scale virtualisation and then move onto more complex set-ups when you become familiar with the new system.

Virtualisation will quickly become an even more significant IT component in the near future, therefore businesses both small and large should expand their skills, become familiar and leverage this technology. Transitioning to a virtual environment can be very beneficial for your organisation, but you need to know about the virtualisation best practices to reap the best benefits.