Having faced the turbulence of a national economic collapse, every single business has been forced to look at their budgets with close examination, but virtual hosting has assisted us in making the necessary cutbacks.
While some companies are turning to outsourcing and off shoring, others have looked into their IT department for an answer, seeking PaaS (Platform as a Service) for a cost-effective solution. Virtual hosting allows us to pay for and use computing platforms on demand. Similar to a pay as you go service, you can pay for the IT that you need, exactly when you need it.
Virtualisation is the pooling and sharing of servers on a virtual ‘cloud’. The cloud is the description given to the internet – so essentially, you will be sharing the facility of a group of servers instead of relying on a physical server. There are many advantages to virtual hosting including 99.9% uptime (something that physical in house systems simply do not have the ability to provide).
Virtual hosting and The Recession
Other than the obvious saving with an on-demand service, there are many ways that a virtual hosting service can help a company reduce its outgoing costs:
- Reduce your energy consumption – Without having to power your own internal servers, you can make a calculable saving in energy bills. Underutilisation with a typical server can be as high as 95%, and some companies will have many servers administering their IT processes. Some businesses can save around 80% in energy costs.
- No maintenance costs – virtual hosting means that maintenance and updates are completely managed by your provider. Not only does it save you the price of licensing fees, upgrade fees, technician fees, but it helps you save on the most expensive factor of all – time.
- Necessary cutbacks on company resource – unlike what most people assume downtime to be (floods, fires and breakages), downtime is usually scheduled. Virtual hosting eliminates the need for planned downtime, which also gives a company the option of cutting back of staff and resources. Instead of the need for an entire IT department, virtual hosting is able to take care of the cloud management.
Having such an on-demand facility available can help make businesses in all sectors make the necessary cutbacks to survive the recession.
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Virtual hosting can assist a struggling organisation in meeting shrinking budget demands, and is also suitable for SMEs or new businesses. If you would like to find out more information about virtual private servers, contact SwitchLink today.