There are a variety of factors to consider when it comes to the operation of data centers. From the physical infrastructure to software abstraction, to optimization of hardware and more There’s a wide array of factors that affect business performance and overall productivity.

However, one way to simplify things is by using data center virtualization. Virtualization allows IT administrators to configure and provision IT resources at any time this would not be possible without technology. This automation not only speeds up processes, it helps ensure that certain policies are consistently enforced and that the correct configurations are utilized.

Virtualization is a technique which combines servers as well as storage devices and networking equipment to create an environment that includes multiple IT functions running on a single machine. This allows you to optimize the use of servers and reduce the hardware cost. The ability to dynamically allocate resources improves capacity because it prevents under-utilized capacity.

Another benefit of virtualization is the ease with which you can deploy new IT services or applications. The deployment of a virtual machine takes minutes, as opposed to the days and hours it takes to set up hardware. This flexibility lets businesses quickly adapt to market needs and gain competitive edge.

IT administrators must remain aware that a highly-virtualized data center has its risks. For instance, if IT teams are too relaxed about the creation of new VMs which could lead to VM expansion. This use-up of resources and hardware can cause performance degradation in addition to increased costs and attack areas.