For decades, business owners have considered servers, data centers and IT staff a necessity for operations. 20 years ago, no one would have ever dreamed of a workplace without these integral tools. So it’s no wonder that virtualization has taken so long to catch on. When your business has relied on certain technologies for ages, it can be hard to let go. But in this day and age, the truth is that not letting go is now costing you money. That’s why we’ve compiled four questions to expose how IT without virtualization is eating into your profits.
Studies have shown that over 70% of IT budgeting is put towards simply “keeping the lights on.” If that sounds like a lot of money, that’s because it is. You’re likely spending thousands of dollars powering your IT equipment and paying your staff to manage it. And the truth is that it just doesn’t have to be that way. Virtualization can eliminate all those costs for a smoother running solution that you’ll never have to worry about.
So if you’re ready to examine your IT budget and see for yourself, here are 4 questions you need to ask:
1. What’s the cost of your data center?
We’re talking about the whole kit and caboodle: your servers, backup power supplies, air conditioning, security devices, and the overhead costs for the space to store all of this.
2. How much do you spend on cooling your servers?
Keeping your servers cool is a fact of life. Have you ever considered how much this is costing you?
3. How much is being budgeted towards cabling and adapters?
Don’t forget about these. We’re talking about not only the physical cables and adaptors, but also the costs of maintenance.
4. How much does it cost your IT staff to manage these resources?
It takes time for your staff to manage your IT. Time is money.
How does virtualization eliminate these costs? With virtualization you can kiss the data center, servers, cables and adapters goodbye (hello new office space). Instead, we store all your equipment off-site and deliver it to you via the Internet. Your computers and network continue to function normally. The only difference is they’re out of sight and out of mind. This equals lower maintenance costs, fewer overheads, less equipment, and fewer headaches.
And let’s not forget the time it costs to manage all of your IT equipment. With virtualization, we do this for you. This frees up the time of your current IT staff, allowing them to focus on more important things – like your business’s IT strategy and market changes. Better still, you may even have the option to completely eliminate the need for in-house IT staff. How’s that for cost savings?
Ready to make the switch to virtualization? Need more of your questions answered? Let’s talk today.
Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source