Because of their generally more homogeneous data infrastructures, x86 served-based virtualization may be an even more compelling play for SMBs than it is for their big-business brethren.
An Info-Tech senior research analyst interviewed in a recent eChannelLine article says it's easier to virtualize SMB server environments because they tend to be more centralized and lack "wild cards" common to big business, such as mainframes and UNIX-based servers.
For smaller businesses, the biggest benefit of virtualization isn't necessarily reducing physical hardware, it's improving allocation of existing resources and gaining the ability to more easily shift resources to adapt to peaks and valleys in demand, says a vendor interviewed for the same story.
While increased use of virtualization has created some resource-management woes for large enterprises, automation software provider Dune Technologies is introducing two virtual appliances it says should help SMBs avoid many of those problems, reports Computerworld Australia.
Dell is preparing to drop some virtualization products geared toward SMBs, including a two-socket server equipped with virtualization software that can run a number of different business applications, according to InformationWeek. The new products will reflect "a maniacal focus on simplifying IT," says a Dell marketing executive.