Is virtualization right for you?

Virtualization is becoming increasingly popular due to the range of potential benefits it can offer, but is it something that your business should pursue? Experts predict that the network functions virtualization market alone will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 83.1 percent over the next five years, reaching a value of $8.7 billion by the end of 2020. But while the market is growing, virtualization may still not be for every company out there. How can you determine if it’s ideal for you?

There are currently several options when it comes to on-premises virtualization, including that related to storage, servers and desktop interfaces. Each of these strategies comes with its own set of advantages. However, virtualization might not be as beneficial for one type of company as it is for the next.

What is virtualization?
One of the most popular forms is server virtualization, which entails using software to divide a single physical, on-premises server into several isolated virtual environments. In this way, available computing resources are utilized more efficiently.

Storage systems can also be similarly virtualized. Specific software enables IT managers to connect and pool their available storage resources from several different network storage devices into a single, virtual environment. This way, storage from all the devices is accessible and manageable from a single, central console. This also allows the storage administrator to more easily and quickly carry out processes like backups, archiving and recovery.

In addition, desktop virtualization is becoming more common. This practice involves isolating the operating system from the requesting program or physical machine used to access it. This approach allows for remote access capabilities, enabling users to interact with their desktops as they would normally, but from any machine they choose.

Virtualization allows software functions to be decoupled from hardware, enabling businesses to use any off-the-shelf hardware components they would like. Virtualization allows software functions to be decoupled from hardware, enabling businesses to use any off-the-shelf hardware components they would like.

What are the advantages of virtualization?
There are a number of benefits that come with virtualization, which are particularly well suited to organizations that operate at scale. Overall, virtualization strategies can be helpful in a number of different instances, but larger enterprises that may manage several locations, operate internationally or serve a considerable number of customers will likely benefit more from its use.

One of the most attractive advantages here is the potential for cost savings. Because software is decoupled from hardware, this enables the organization to utilize any off-the-shelf hardware they’d like. This also makes things easier when it comes time to upgrade. The business can purchase new hardware for their on-premises infrastructure and simply download the necessary software on to it.

Being able to use commoditized hardware is also a significant boon for international organizations. Because of laws and standards in place in different countries, it can be difficult to ship certain hardware components to certain places. With a virtualization strategy in place, these businesses can source their necessary hardware in-country and download the virtual software.

Virtualization is also especially beneficial for service providers that have a large customer base. Instead of having to roll out and install new hardware components for each client, these vendors can utilize a virtual environment to support these needs. In this way, a virtual server is made remotely accessible to the customer, eliminating the need for a physical, on-premises installation at each client’s location.

Furthermore, virtualization allows for a level of flexibility and agility that is considerably important for today’s businesses that operate at scale. When it comes time to move locations or expand, the company can easily spin up a virtual server to accommodate its needs.

Virtualizing the software defined WAN
Talari’s SD-WAN solution now includes the option for a virtual on-premises edge appliance. This software-only version of Talari’s widely used SD-WAN solution make deployment easy and cost-effective by extending the advantages of virtualization to a company’s  branch office infrastructure.

This new virtual SD WAN solution supports 40 Mbps of bandwidth, and depends on a specific set of requirements for the virtual server in which it will live. With this system in place, businesses can ensure that each path across their WAN and to the cloud is measured for packet loss, jitter, latency and availability. This allows the WAN to make intelligent decisions about the path each packet will take.

To find out more about Talari’s new virtual Software Defined THINKING WAN solution and how it can benefit your business, contact Talari today.

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