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Virtualisation strategies for SMBs

Virtualising your servers, storage systems and desktops offers numerous advantages for SMBs. But it's important you understand the trade-offs when making the switch from conventional operations. Here we present our top five virtualisation tips for SMBs.

Virtualizing your servers, storage systems and desktops offers numerous advantages for SMBs. But it's important you understand the trade-offs when making the switch from conventional operations. Here we present our top five virtualization tips for SMBs.


1. Virtual desktops: Cheap and effective
Desktop virtualization is a reliable way to lower the cost of OSs, apps and security by turning PCs into easy-to-manage, file-like images. And you get reliability and efficiency.
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2. Virtualization: SMBs go all the way
Research shows larger companies are more willing to experiment with virtualization. But smaller companies, if they give it a chance, are more likely to take full advantage of it.
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3. IT consultant discusses virtualization for disaster recovery
Virtualization is useful for more than server consolidation, says an IT expert. In this Q&A, we discover the benefits of using virtualization as part of a disaster recovery plan.
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4. A look at different approaches to virtualization
In this article, Anil Desai distinguishes among virtualization at the hardware, server and application levels and provides guidelines for evaluating which works best.
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5. Virtualization helps IT pros ease patching pain
IT managers are learning that using desktop virtualization software to patch their enterprise desktops has the potential to save time, money and energy.
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This was first published in October 2007

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