Do more with less using these virtualization cost-saving approaches

Last updated:June 2014

Editor's note

Money rules the world -- or so they say. Virtualization helps improve efficiency, disaster recovery, storage and more, but it can also be a big factor in saving you money.

A lot of the advantages of virtualization also have a cost-cutting benefit. Licensing, consolidation and energy savings are three aspects of virtualization that you can pinpoint as money-saving opportunities.

With licensing, it's important to be knowledgeable about which licenses are necessary instead of wasting money. One of the biggest benefits of virtualization is being able to consolidate workloads into fewer physical servers -- a big-time money saver. Doing more work on fewer physical servers has another advantage: Fewer servers use less electricity, helping lower your power bill.

1Going the extra step to save money with consolidation

Arguably one of the biggest money savers that result from virtualization is consolidation. Virtualization allows for multiple workloads to be taken off lightly used servers and put together on one server. Consolidating in this way can eliminate the need for a large number of physical servers, and that trickles down into various virtualization cost-saving aspects. Virtualization uses resources efficiently throughout the environment, saving companies from unnecessary spending.

2Cutting back on electricity

In an environment full of servers, finding a way to cut power and electricity can translate into big savings. Virtualization is one way to cut back on power use. With it, you can run more workloads on fewer servers and therefore save energy and money.