Small Business Virtualization Roadmap - Slide 4

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Step One: System Assessment

However, there is more work to be done. Few small businesses have conducted a comprehensive assessment of what resides in their systems now, and therefore many lack the information to make good decisions about server virtualization.

Of the small businesses surveyed that have virtualized, only 39 percent have executed a data center audit. Of those researching or planning to virtualize, only 23 percent have conducted a data center audit.

System assessments are a critical first step towards virtualization. You must document your infrastructure; detail what software each server is running; look at your service contracts; and consider the space available in your data center. Do your research and really take a deep dive into what servers you have, what processers they run on and how they‘re being used. Doing this upfront work helps zero in quickly on your unique virtualization roadmap and avoids headaches later.

How can small businesses know if virtualization is a fit? To answer this question, CDW surveyed nearly 300 small business Information Technology (IT) professionals through Spiceworks, a social network for IT, interviewing those that have and have not virtualized for their perceptions of and experiences with server virtualization.

The resulting Small Business Virtualization Roadmap examines the opportunities and challenges related to server virtualization.

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