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Time to Get Virtual with Data Virtualization

Go look in your server room right now. How many machines do you see? If you have more than one, it’s time to utilize data virtualization

What Are the Business Benefits of Data Virtualization?

Data virtualization can help you improve your company in a number of ways. Not only will it save you money in the long run, it can also increase uptime, save energy, and improve disaster recovery. Here are some reasons why you should implement data virtualization:

  • Save Energy – By implementing data virtualization, you no longer have to pay for the energy used to cool and store multiple machines. You also reduce your environmental footprint, which is great if you’re trying to go green!
  • Reduce Your Data Center Footprint – By consolidating your servers, you are reducing the size of your data center. If you use co-location, you can save money on the amount of floor space you are taking up with fewer racks.
  • Quick Expansion – Data virtualization allows you to quickly expand to full capacity within minutes if you find the need. You no longer have to wait for setup of a new server to get more bandwidth.
  • Reduce Vendor Dependence – When you virtualize your data, your risk of vendor dependency plummets. You are no longer tied to one vendor and gain the flexibility to shop around as much as you’d like.
  • Increase Uptime – Data virtualization can nearly eliminate downtime. Because your data is partitioned, if one server goes down, your data is automatically switched to a failover to keep you up and running.
  • Improve Disaster Recovery – Virtualization usually comes with automatic failover testing, so you’ll know that your BDR plan works before you actually need to use it.
  • Isolate Applications – By utilizing virtualization, your business gains the ability to run multiple applications on one server, without the compatibility issues.
  • Extend Useful Life of Older Applications – Data virtualization allows you to encapsulate legacy applications and gain more use out of them.

Time to Get Virtualized!

All those sound like great benefits to data virtualization, don’t they? But how do you do it? If you don’t have an IT provider or if you’re using an in-house IT department, you may not have known that virtualization could drastically change how your company operates. Luckily NCGIT can help in your transition.

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The Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing

Now that the new year is here, you’re probably looking to upgrade your technology. Perhaps you’re not utilizing cloud computing and are looking to provide ways to take your SMB to enterprise level. How do you know if cloud computing is right for you? Here are some common pros and cons that may help you make a better-informed decision.

PROS of Cloud Computing

  • Improved Disaster Recovery Features
    Since your data is no longer housed on a physical server, you don’t have to worry about disasters or human mishaps from wiping your information. If it does happen, your data is saved and easily accessible. You can also set your technology to run automatic backups as frequently as you’d like so you won’t be more than an hour behind.
  • Increased Collaboration and Work Flexibility
    Is your business one where several people need to work on one document at the same time? Cloud computing improves collaboration by allowing numerous users to work on a project simultaneously, receiving real-time updates. It’s not restricted to the office either! Your employees have the freedom to work anywhere on any device.
  • Environmentally Friendly
    In today’s world where global warming is a real threat to the environment, companies should be doing all they can to reduce their carbon footprint and mitigate damage. By using cloud computing, your company can drastically reduce carbon emissions generated from energy consumption. Using the cloud is not only a good way to save your planet but can also put you on the governments good side.

 

CONS of Cloud Computing

  • Internet Connectivity
    Having a consistent Internet connection is critical to cloud computing. If your connectivity is spotty or goes out completely, your business is stuck until you can get back online. It’s always recommended – even for companies with great Internet connections – to have a redundant backup plan in place. After all, even the best, most powerful servers do go down once in a while. It’s best you’re prepared.
  • Ongoing Costs
    Cloud computing is fairly inexpensive to start up and is paid for monthly. You’ll get the benefits of having  your cloud server and data stored and maintained by your IT provider. However, it’s always important to look at your budget first before investing in a solution. While in-house networks are expensive up front and require additional upkeep, it may end up saving you money in the long run.
  • Security
    This is always a big concern for companies debating on whether or not to invest in cloud computing. By working through the cloud, you’re trusting a third party with your data. Some businesses may not want to use cloud computing due to compliance regulations. However, if your IT department doesn’t have the resources it needs to effectively protect your data, cloud computing may be the best option!

 

NCGIT can help you evaluate whether or not cloud computing is the right solution for your small to medium sized business. They have all the resources needed to show you exactly what benefits you stand to gain from the cloud.