As reported earlier in this blog, while cloud computing is often one of the most talked about topics in enterprise affairs, virtualization is having a similarly meaningful impact on the dynamics of the traditional workplace, though it is spoken about with less frequency.
Virtualization entails creating digital versions of items like hardware and storage devices rather than having to procure them in physical form. Naturally, while this process does require an initial investment, transitioning an office place to run on virtualized platform can earn any company huge savings.
This was certainly the case for Acorda Therapeutics – a small biotechnology company that specialized in treating spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis in addition to other neurological disorders.
However, according to a recent article published by Information Week, the company was growing extremely quickly, adding on nearly 300 employees in just five years.
Coupling this fact with the necessity to keep up with a series of new technical implementation requirements in the medical industry, it became clear to the officials at Acorda that a solution was necessary to accommodate continued growth without continued stress.
Had the facility chosen a hardware route, the article reports that $1 million would have been required to implement and maintain the new physical servers to lay the framework for additional expansion. By contrast, the facility manager opted to invest in the resources to facilitate a virtualization program, which only cost $65,000.
While the difference in initial upfront cost is clear, the facility also saved an immense amount of time and energy by not having to do manual technology or disaster recovery updates.
“The extra time also enables us to be proactive and see what the best practices are, rather than always scrambling to respond to break-fixes,” said Acorda’s network operations manager Josh Bauer in the article.
Considering such, facilities in all kinds of industries can see how beneficial virtualization can be in comparison to new hardware deployment. As such, any organizations in Illinois looking to optimize their technology infrastructure can do so by partnering with a Chicago IT services partner like CTI Technology that can provide virtualization solutions.
Virtualization entails creating digital versions of items like hardware and storage devices rather than having to procure them in physical form.