5 Risk Factors to Consider Before Adopting Virtualization
In an age where business growth, reduced expenditures, return on investments and scalability are what matter most, why would anyone look at the flipside of innovation and information technology, right?
But this is the very thing that we need to consider before adopting any technology and especially one that impacts the backbone of our business— our infrastructure!
DevOps, Cloud, and Virtualization.. these are all crucial infrastructure technologies that you don’t want to play around with. A careful analysis of their pros and cons will lead you to reap the business benefits of what they promise. Sure, it would be easy to leave a bad product review about a product on a retail store if it didn’t serve your purpose. But what would you do if you’d have to get on the bad side of technology?
Since we’ve already listed some of the business benefits in our previous post, we’ll move to explain the cons of Virtualization.
Disadvantages of Virtualization
1) Spiraling Costs – While we debate that virtualization solutions bring infrastructure and maintenance costs down, we cannot disagree that the investment for adopting virtualization is NOT a matter of few dollars. On an estimate, business owners planning to invest in virtualization need to look at an expenditure above USD 10,000 which includes server and software licenses.
2) Improper Resource Allocation – Server sprawl can majorly hamper Virtualization. Administrators tend to bring added servers and storage onto the environment, which disorients the process of virtualization. It is essential to have knowledge of these important criteria. As discussed earlier, it takes careful analysis and implementation to bring about the desired business benefits. Even though you save time during the implementation phases, it can prove cumbersome to users over the long-run when business owners have to customize the Virtualization environment to suit business needs.
3) Security at Risk – A 2017 study puts virtualization security risks at 1 out of every 4 frameworks and losses at approximately USD 3.62 million. It is important that you consider this risk and how your organization can deal with it before opting for Virtualization. Also, considering the right Virtualization services provider is equally important. Because information equals money for IT hackers out there.
4) Scalability with Limitations – It is obvious that more than one person share the same resources within an organization. But this becomes a problem when it slows down the virtualization network. Although Virtualization keeps up to its promise of propelling business growth, this integral lag can make you wish if you had been equipped with a bigger bandwidth when you start. Again, pre-assessment is the key!
5) The absence of Control over Connectivity – When virtualization seeks to address issues that plague physical systems and hardware, what would be an alternative to the absence of virtualized assets? If an organization fails to keep in touch with resources and data for an extended period of time, it is unlikely that they achieve growth at a larger level. The bigger problem to consider here is that the control over them and the power to resume normal functionality lies with third-party providers. So, it always wise to look for a trustworthy service provider.
Risks aside, Virtualization can have lasting positive impacts on your business. Are you willing to take the jump?