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Top 5 Benefits of Server Virtualization for SMBs

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Oct 11, 2016

Large enterprises have been utilizing server virtualization for about 10 years, and the benefits of this technology are now available to smaller businesses, too.

Server virtualization creates “virtual environments” that allow multiple applications of server workloads to run on one computer. This flexible method of computing has many benefits to offer, especially for small to mid-sized businesses.

Here are the top 5 ways SMBs can benefit from server virtualization:

  1. The Benefits can be Greater the Smaller the Enterprise
  2. Maximum Server Utilization
  3. Better Disaster Recovery Capabilities
  4. Smoother Business Continuity
  5. Enhance Security

Read on to learn more about each of these top 5 virtualization benefits for SMBs.

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Which Windows Server is Best for Your SMB? WS 2012 vs. 2008 vs. Azure

Brian Norton

Posted by Brian Norton
Tue, Sep 01, 2015

After a 15-month extension, support for Windows Server 2003 officially ended in July 2015, leaving many SMBs wondering what to replace it with.

Nearly 10 million WS 2003 servers will have to be shut down, have their data and apps removed and be re-deployed on new servers. This server migration will be challenging enough for large enterprises with dedicated IT departments.

For small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) with fewer resources, the task of a server upgrade may seem overwhelming. An assessment by a trusted managed services provider (MSP) — one who understands your company’s core mission — is a good place for an SMB to start the process.

Your MSP needs to understand both how your business operates, and its culture. Matching the right server with an SMB entails many factors such as the size of the enterprise and the number of users, budget constraints, and license fee costs.

The entire migration takes time and planning, but here is an overview of each of these three server options available to replace Windows Server 2003:

  1. Windows Server 2012 Standard and R2
  2. Windows Server 2008
  3. Microsoft Azure
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Virtualization Options that Help SMBs Do More With Less

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, May 12, 2015

In a previous blog post, I discussed server virtualization and the top 5 benefits it can bring to a small-to-midsized business (SMB). However, there are more virtualization options available that any SMB who wants to accomplish more with less should know about. An assessment from a managed services provider (MSP) is the best way to get specific advice on virtualization strategies for your enterprise, but here is a brief outline of some additional virtualization options that can help SMBs get more bang for their bucks.

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Defense Contractor Saves Time and Money with Managed IT Services

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Thu, Dec 04, 2014

HCI Integrated Solutions, established in 1995, is a defense contractor headquartered in Fairfax, VA, whose focus is on delivering technology solutions and quality staffing. With three locations across the United States, it is vital HCI keeps an up-to-date and efficient IT infrastructure. Before working with Meridian, HCI had been experiencing high turnover rates of IT personnel, and issues resulting from IT services being handled by unqualified staff. A wide range of outdated technology within their office and various inefficient processes were costing HCI time and money. HCI turned to Meridian to take over their systems and improve them from “barely functioning to being able to operate at a level comparable to...competitors.” 

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Desktop Virtualization

Shannon Goff

Posted by Shannon Goff
Tue, Mar 18, 2014

Working in the technology industry, the concept of “desktop virtualization” is one that I have been hearing a lot about this year. But with so much focus on the cloud, I always just assumed the two concepts were related, without taking the time to figure out what these words actually mean. So, I decided to do some research and write something that would provide a simplified definition of what desktop virtualization really means, and how it can benefit both businesses and users.

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