The Benefits of Virtualizing Your Enterprise Communication Systems
Virtualization helps solve critical IT and business needs for your enterprise
The demand for working from anywhere has accelerated the move to centralize all core business communication applications to a datacenter or the cloud. Instead of running your own email server, it is now common to use a cloud-based service to get the same outcome, but with significant cost advantages to your business as well as allowing all staff to be able to easily connect to the cloud enabled solution, wherever they may be. IT teams across the world are facing the pressure to do more with less, standardize server hardware to ensure it meets strict IT security requirements, and minimize downtime and increase productivity. Virtualization helps solve all these IT and critical business needs for your enterprise and is crucial in helping you transition business communication systems to a datacenter or the cloud.
Hardware virtualization consists of using a hypervisor, a powerful piece of software, in place of an operating system. The hypervisor runs directly on the server hardware and simplifies the process of creating and running multiple independent virtual machines, each with enough storage and memory to process the workload. This allows IT to run hundreds or even thousands of virtual servers on a very small number of secure & redundant hardware servers. In the event of failure, the virtual machine workload can be moved to a system in the same datacenter or moved across the globe to another data center where the company has leftover capacity. Virtualization allows all of this to be done without any impact to the business communication or the day-to-day operations, ensuring business continuity.
Virtualization is an attractive option to many organizations because it eliminates the need to install and maintain hundreds of separate hardware-based servers. It also allows for easier management, either centrally in-house or through an outsourced Managed Service Provider. Once hardware servers are virtualized, the system can be run on-premise, on leased high-end data centers, or the virtual machine workloads can be easily moved and deployed in the cloud. Other benefits of server virtualization solutions include, cost savings stability and reliability, robust disaster recover capabilities, and seamless interoperability with cloud services.
If your mid-to-large enterprise is working through the progression of moving business workloads or telephony solutions to the cloud, the migration from hardware to virtual is highly beneficial for your business in the following ways:
- Reduce capital and operating costs Virtualized cloud-based systems reduce the total cost of ownership because there is no dedicated physical hardware. Support and maintenance costs are minimized as server backups can be automated and resources can be easily added, and do not require physical mounting.
- Simplify system management Enterprises can optimize resources and reduce workloads by managing servers across multiple locations and performing administrative functions centrally in the cloud. Outsourced system management to Managed Service Providers means problem resolution and system maintenance can be performed virtually. This minimizes the need for on-site visits, maintenance and operational costs, and problem resolution time.
- Improve scalability By unbundling software from hardware platform limitations, virtual servers can handle the massive scalability requirements of multi-nationals and large enterprise businesses distributed across either large campus environments, across a city, or distributed across countries. As your business grows, a fully virtualized solution enables installation in any data center with the capacity to serve thousands of users. Always available on-demand, cloud-based servers are faster to order and deploy resulting in highly efficient business operations and allowing for instant scalability.
- Flexibility Combining all business applications to a cloud-based system offers flexibility and reduces the need for rack space or cabling, making changes and scaling the system simple with instant adjustments. Storing data according to your company data policies is made easier, and system back-ups can be applied from the cloud.
If your business is moving to cloud-based services for IT strategy alignment, flexibility, cost savings, and to reduce your company’s carbon footprint, you may be looking for additional ways to virtualize business communication operations.
Not sure how to approach transitioning your business from legacy & expensive physical telephony infrastructure to a cloud-based solution? Let Spectralink help you shift from legacy, cumbersome hardware to standardized IT infrastructure whether on-premise or in the cloud.
Spectralink’s VIP-DECT Server One, the first cloud-based IP-DECT Server on the market, delivers enterprise mobility for your most demanding needs. VIP-DECT Server One offers the most economical and scalable virtual solution for mid-to-large and very large enterprises and multi-nationals with multiple locations, can be scaled up to support significant number of users and has the ability to support massive radio coverage area supporting up to 4000 IP-DECT Base Stations, all delivered virtually from a datacenter or the cloud. VIP-DECT Server One is the first software-only IP-DECT architecture to allow companies to flexibly connect distributed enterprise sites – whether on SD-WAN or QoS enabled Internet, creating a single virtual network with a common point of control for a reliable, scalable communication solutions. VIP DECT Server One is certified with all leading UCaaS providers for seamless interoperability with cloud-based platforms like MS Teams, RingCentral, and Zoom Phone.
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