Yes, moving apps into a virtual environment can be a good thing for your business, but make sure you understand all of what’s happening, as there are probably benefits you haven’t realized.
Some considerations are sometimes overlooked when moving apps into a virtual environment, according to an in depth look into the topic from telecom platform deployment provider NEI’s (News - Alert) blog.
Moving apps is a good way to reduce their dependency on the underlying hardware, increasing functionality and portability, NEI says, adding that “moving into a virtual environment has other benefits that you may not have considered.”
NEI has a lot of experience in this, having helped companies with just such moves for many years now.
For one thing, virtualization is a great opportunity for reassessment. As NEI says, when you’re thinking of a move to the cloud, your IT department will take a look at how the apps are used and how often they’re accessed, and which ones can be tossed away to save costs. Think of it as moving from one house to another, and how it gives you a chance to throw out a lot of junk you never use anymore.
And in the move, you can standardize your business processes with the apps. “Processes with standards in place will be the most successful in the cloud,” NEI says, noting a commonly-held truth, that standardizing can help increase your efficiency, if not actually reveal new revenue streams.
Furthermore, the NEI blog also looks at some of the other positive implications of moving to the cloud, predicting that “the process will have applications not only for tasks like server virtualization, but also disaster recovery.” And the move to the cloud is “a great time to decide how your organization will be notified if the cloud provider is affected by an outage.”
David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
Edited by Jamie Epstein