Businesses have come to rely more and more on software applications and electronically stored data in the running of the business. There is a wide range of IT service software available to maintain operations, as well as modern resources for minimizing downtime.
One area that IT managers are now increasingly interested in is virtual backup of data and applications. Bella IT Service Management software assists service businesses to help other companies. Just as companies are beginning to realize the potential of virtual applications, they are becoming more aware of virtual backups.
The use of virtual applications is on the increase. The development of cloud computing has made virtual applications possible. Companies that use cloud computing can save significantly on software, hardware and labor costs.
A virtual application is one that resides on a virtual machine or machines in the cloud, and is often hosted on third party infrastructure. As an example, a company can contract with a cloud service provider to use a database application hosted on a virtual server, rather than having to purchase licenses for the database application and install it on its own hardware.
This removes from the company the responsibility for installing, upgrading and maintaining the application, since all that work now falls on the cloud computing provider. The company saves by not having to buy the application, and not having to pay staff to support it.
Another advantage is that the company will only be paying for resources that it actually uses. In the most common business scenario, companies are required to buy licenses to cover every client computer that will use an application. Most software manufacturers sell licenses in bundles.
This means that a company can end up paying for more licenses than it actually uses now, or will ever use in the future. But when a company decides to use virtual applications, the company will only be required to spend money based on its real use of the resources.
Businesses that use cloud computing can also make considerable savings on hardware expenditure. Even though a network can be quite small, it will still need an expensive and powerful server to run it properly. The cost of the server will increase proportionately to its power. By using cloud computing, a company will only have to buy lower spec machines, thereby saving money.
Businesses can often experience problems when it comes to data backup. Being able to maintain real time data backup requires resources that many businesses cannot afford. They rely instead on running scheduled backups at intervals. When something crops up and it is necessary to restore data from the latest backup, any data entered since then can be lost.
Even where companies have been diligent in their backup routines, critical data loss has occurred when the backup medium has proved faulty. Companies can suffer severe problems when this happens.
Problems like these can be avoided by turning to virtual backups. With virtual backups, all data is backed up in real time, and never on a single medium. Data restoration is almost instantaneous, and problems can be resolved very quickly.