Virtualization for small business: Where's the pay-off?
Too big, too expensive, too painful – or just fine?
Small and medium-sized businesses are virtualizing their servers, but at a much slower rate than larger enterprises. Some are put off by the high licensing costs, some can't spare the time to do it, some don't know how to.
If you're in one of these categories, join us on November 11 at 10am PST for our virtualization for SMBs webcast.
Joining us for this one-hour live interactive broadcast will be our analyst friend Dan Olds, from Gabriel Consulting, and a couple of old pros from IBM and VMware. The Register Tim Phillips hosts the event, and he wil handle your questions and keep the presenters focused.
Think of the webcast as free consulting. And at the end of the event, we hope you’ll have some tangible solutions to some of your challenges.
If you can’t make it on the day, don’t worry. If you register today we’ll email you when the recorded version is available for your viewing pleasure.
Small Business virtualization isn't looking for High Availability or any marketing fluff out of VMs. They're looking to pack the usual compliment of 5 to 7 servers into 1 or 2 boxes and put them in a room that doesn't need special cooling requirements. Cramming all the features of a PDC, BDC, File Server, Mail Server, Sharepoint (or otherwise) server, <insert misc server(s) here> into one or two Windows Server installs is a Bad Idea (tm). Hence the need for virtualization in a SMB environment. None of these systems will tax a Core2-based crap SMB server, let alone real server hardware. Purchasing a single (or perhaps two) more-than-capable servers and consolidating it all down will give the environment reduced power and cost, not to mention the bonus of modularity for individual server reboots (as needed), however at the moderate concern of single-point-of-failure (see "perhaps two servers"). Is there server sprawl? Perhaps. Just not physically.
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