Although large companies have more resources than small- and medium-sized businesses, the benefits of virtualization are, in some cases, more important for smaller companies. According to a recent report by ReadWriteWeb.com, there are several reasons SMBs should adopt virtualization. The top reason, however, is the amount of money virtualization saves an organization.

An IT infrastructure that is virtualized also provides companies with improved stability and ensures downtime is minimal, the article stated. Company downtime can have a severe effect on customer relationships. Virtualization enables a company to recover quickly from a disaster, thus, mitigating the effects of an IT-related outage.

The final reason SMBs should adopt virtualization to not only save money, but to also save the environment. According to the report, businesses can utilize virtualization to reduce their carbon footprint by running several processes on a single server.

“Naturally, one server running a dozen virtualized partitions is going to use up less energy than twelve separate servers would,” wrote ReadWriteWeb.com’s Abraham Hyatt. “For businesses, this has less of an immediate impact on the bottom line, but it's still something to be proud of and, in many cases, something to tout to consumers.”

According to a survey of more than 3,000 IT professionals conducted by Spiceworks, 74 percent of SMBs plan to use virtualization by the end of 2011.

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