Data Center Virtualization: 10 Questions to Ask Potential Providers

Author: Mel Melara

There’s plenty of data in today’s world, and as the volume continues to increase, where and how that data gets handled and stored is more important than ever. With IT budgets stretched and organizations looking for additional ways to optimize cost, data center virtualization is an appealing solution.  

Data center virtualization transforms physical components, like servers, storage devices, and network resources, into virtual counterparts using specialized software. By running multiple virtual entities on a single physical hardware, efficiency, and resource usage are optimized.  

Data center virtualization can help organizations improve efficiency, reduce costs, enhance flexibility, and support business objectives.  

And that’s just the start. 

Here’s what you need to know about how data center virtualization can benefit your organization and some key questions to ask when vetting potential providers.   

Benefits of Data Virtualization 

Cost reduction is one of the most significant benefits of data center virtualization, as it can significantly reduce power consumption and cooling and requires less physical space to operate. Companies can lower expenses by leveraging cloud computing services and consolidating servers without compromising reliability or performance.  

Data center hardware is typically the most considerable expense, so by reducing the amount of hardware, the cost also goes down.  

Through virtualization, businesses can efficiently utilize their hardware resources by creating virtual machines. This enables companies to spread their application workloads across their enterprise IT infrastructure and eliminate the need for additional physical servers. 

Data center virtualization offers scalability, flexibility, and agility. Compared to traditional physical infrastructures, a virtualized environment is more accessible to scale up or down. Virtual machines can be added or removed without dealing with physical machines. 

Also, virtualization enables users to create virtual environments replicating various hardware configurations. With this flexibility, deployment of new applications and migrations of workloads between servers can be achieved more quickly.   

Enhanced disaster recovery (DR) is another critical benefit of data center virtualization. Rapid recovery is possible by enabling backups on virtual machines in case of data loss or system failure. Virtualization offers improved isolation between applications that are running on the same hardware. That means the risk of interruption is greatly reduced in a software conflict or resource contention.  

Finally, for companies looking to increase their green initiatives and operate more eco-friendly, leveraging data center virtualization can also help lower your carbon footprint.  

Questions to Ask Potential Vendors 

If you’ve decided that data center virtualization is the right move for your organization, your next step will be to vet potential vendors. 

Here are ten questions you will want to address through the vetting process: 

  1. How long have you been providing data center virtualization solutions? 
  2. What virtualization technologies do you offer? 
  3. How scalable is your virtualization solution? 
  4. What measures do you take to ensure optimal performance and resource allocation? 
  5. How well does your virtualization solution integrate with existing infrastructure and applications? 
  6. Are there any compatibility issues to consider with our current systems or software? 
  7. What security measures are in place to protect virtualized environments? 
  8. How do you address compliance requirements specific to our industry? 
  9. What support options are available for installation, configuration, and ongoing maintenance? 
  10. How does your virtualization solution facilitate disaster recovery and ensure high availability? 

Get Support with Your Data Center Virtualization Project 

Data center virtualization can be a transformative solution for organizations navigating the challenges of today’s data-driven landscape. By harnessing the power of virtualization technologies, businesses can capitalize on many benefits. 

With the right approach to virtualization, organizations can not only optimize their IT infrastructure but also position themselves for future growth and success in an ever-evolving digital world. 

Bridgepointe’s Hybrid Cloud advisors work with you to ensure a strategic selection of the right virtualization platform, be it VMWARE, NUTANIX, Openstack, KVM, etc. To ensure the right Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform is selected.  Bridgepointe also ensures a smooth migration to a new Cloud Services Provider that meets all your business’s current and future-state needs. 

Download The Data Center Decision Guide below. In this guide, you’ll learn the top 10 considerations for any data center project based on successfully executing over 1200 projects for our clients.   

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