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Virtualisation strategies 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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