How much does a Client Virtualization Program cost?
Businesses and other organizations ready to move to virtualized infrastructure would cover the work with an IT consultancy to help them budget for the virtualization process. Contrary to popular belief, moving to virtualization involves the three types of costs that are often associated with IT projects: hardware, software, and labor. What your business needs to know about virtualization costs:
Hardware costs for virtualization
Among tangible costs, server virtualization is the most obvious in the hardware category. The initial cost includes items related to CPU, memory, and network connections. These are highly variable depending on the exact preferred configuration. Another upfront cost is installation, while ongoing costs include the energy consumption, maintenance, service, and upgrades necessary to keep the system fully operational for years to come. Not all of these costs can be fully anticipated in advance. However, when maintenance and service are contracted, it is easier to predict the associated costs accurately.
Virtualization software costs
Your software costs depend primarily on the virtualization platform you choose. The most common options include Citrix XenServer 5.5, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with HyperV, and VMware vSphere, the most popular virtualization platform in enterprises. Sometimes other software is needed, which is one of the reasons that IT was consulting is so valuable in the planning and budgeting process.
Additional software can better implement desired features, such as clustering, virtual server migration, and backup. An important area of cost control is to carefully review the license agreements for all software integrated into the system. IT solutions such as virtualization are best managed using a managed services approach. A company outsources all or part of the responsibility for IT management to an IT company.