Key Reasons to Expand Virtualisation of Your IT Environment

Demands on IT departments are changing, from increased pressures to implement BYOD policies for users to scalability issues, and expanding on virtualization remains a key step for laying a foundation for a small to midmarket organization’s infrastructure.

A VMware-sponsored study by Forrester has found that the majority of organisations make the move to virtualization when it was time for a major hardware refresh to avoid the cost of buying a large quantity of physical machines. Other common reasons include a major operating system upgrade or major application licence renewal.

Other than cost savings, there are the four key gains to be made by expanding your virtualization plans.

1. Improved Business Continuity

Up to 60% of small businesses that suffer an IT disaster never open their doors again. Virtualization creates a highly available environment: two thirds of IT professionals have seen enhanced continuity as a result. Recovery times are also improved by simpler replication of data.

2. Simplified IT Management

Nine out of ten IT departments spend at least half of their time on routine tasks, such as adding new users and managing hardware. Virtualization simplifies these processes through intelligent automation and reducing manual overheads, by proactively detecting and resolving issues before they happen.

3. Reallocation of IT Resources to More Strategic Uses

Spending less time on basic administrative work enables your team to concentrate on strategic tasks, which deliver important ROI gains. 66% of IT managers report operational improvements through more efficient support and management within their teams.

4. Enhanced Business Responsiveness

Virtualization enables you to scale more rapidly, align with strategic business demands, allocate system resources on the fly and improve infrastructure availability and reliability. Taken as a whole, these dynamic principles are essential for the successful evolution of IT from a back office infrastructure concern to the engine-room of business innovation.

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To find out more about how expanding the virtualisation of your IT environment could benefits your organisation, call us on 0345 095 7000.

The Benefits of Virtualization for Business

With the amount of organizations wanting to  “Go Green”, be more efficient and save money increasing, as does the demand for server virtualisation.

Virtualisation, in simple terms, is migrating physical servers to virtual machines and consolidating them onto far fewer physical servers means lowering monthly power and cooling costs in the data center.

The benefits of this process include:

  1. Being more environmentally friendly! Virtualization saves time, money, energy, and reduces your company’s carbon footprint.
  2. Make the most of your existing resources – pool your infrastructure resources and break the  methodology of “one application per server”.
  3. Reduce infrastructure costs by reducing the number of physical servers your company has to support. Fewer servers means lesser power requirements.
  4. Increase the availability of your hardware for business data redundancy. Securely backup your entire infrastructure more rapidly and easily as virtualised servers consist of a few files that can easily be backed up.
  5. Improve business operations- deploy new servers faster, prep and provision user desktops in a fraction of the time that it used to take.

To find how virtualisation can benefit your business, contact us on 0345 095 7000.

About BCN Group

BCN Group is a dynamic, fresh thinking, independent IT solutions provider covering Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and the UK. Our key focus areas are virtualisation, storage, disaster recovery, business continuity,consultancy and support services. BCN Group have strategic alliances with many of the big known and trusted manufactures such as VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, HP, and many more.

VMware to Acquire AirWatch – the leading provider of enterprise mobile management and security solutions

BlueCoffee Networks’ virtualization and cloud infratructure Partner, VMware and AirWatch have announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which VMware will acquire AirWatch.

The deal is worth $1.175B in cash and approximately $365M of installment payments and assumed unvested equity. The AirWatch team will continue to report to founder and chief executive officer John Marshall as part of VMware’s End-User Computing group, led by Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM. Alan Dabbiere, AirWatch’s co-founder and chairman, will be overseeing a new AirWatch operating board which will report to Pat Gelsinger, VMware chief executive officer.

“AirWatch provides best-in-class, secure, enterprise-mobile management to thousands of businesses around the world,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “With this acquisition VMware will add a foundational element to our end-user computing portfolio that will enable our customers to turbo-charge their mobile workforce without compromising security.”

“When we started AirWatch, we set out to help businesses succeed in the mobile explosion that was set to come. Now there are more than 2 billion smart phones and tablets in the world and more than half of those devices touch an enterprise,” said Alan Dabbiere, co-founder and chairman, AirWatch. “By joining a proven innovator like VMware, we now have an opportunity to bring our leading-edge solutions to an even broader set of customers and partners to help them optimize for the mobile-cloud world.” Read more

About VMware
VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

About AirWatch
AirWatch is the leading mobile security and enterprise mobility management provider with more than 1,600 employees across nine global offices. More than 10,000 organizations in 150 countries leverage the AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management Platform, which includes industry-leading mobile device, email, application, content, laptop and browser management solutions. Organizations can implement these solutions stand-alone for unique bring your own device requirements, in AirWatch Workspace containerized solution, or a comprehensive, highly scalable, enterprise-grade mobility platform. With the largest research and development team in the industry, AirWatch enables the broadest mobile platform support, develops innovative solutions like AirWatch Secure Content Locker, and integrates with the leading device manufacturers and technology solutions providers in the mobile ecosystem.

About BlueCoffee Networks
BlueCoffee Networks is a dynamic, fresh thinking, independent IT solutions provider covering Manchester, Stockport, Cheshire and the UK. Our key focus areas are virtualisation, storage, disaster recovery, business continuity,consultancy and support services. BlueCoffee Networks have strategic alliances with many of the big known and trusted manufactures such as VMwareMicrosoftCitrixHPCisco, Hitachi and many more.