Even if virtualization can seem pricey and complex technology is out of our grasp, there are a number of benefits including IT efficiency and cost saving. However, software such as Oracle’s VirtualBox and VMWare Workstation has made it easier for small businesses to be able to use virtualization.

With that said, here are 4 ways by which you can use virtualization for your small business:

#1: Replace an old or unsupported machine

Let’s say, the developer of a niche software that you use runs out of business or the software itself isn’t supported. If that’s not enough, the original installation files are not to be found while you aren’t sure of the original settings either. So, instead of hoping that it would work, it’s a good idea to try virtualization software such as VMWare vCenter Converter.

#2: Create a System Backup

Another way that virtualization software can work for you is by creating a snapshot of your server which can serve you well in the situation of hardware failure. While this is no substitute for daily data backups, it still can reduce business downtime while also buying you enough time to buy physical hardware.

#3: Increase Security

With cyber attacks becoming more and more prevalent and which threatens to put your business data at risk, virtualization software will put an end to this problem by limiting browsing within a virtual environment. In the given situation where a hacker can break through the Web Browser, all you have to do is restart your system as this will erase modified system files or malware.