Physical to virtual resource model- why and how it benefits

In this situation of where the whole world is in the middle of corona virus pandemic, use of virtual resource have taken the place of physical resource in order to maintain safety. But even now when the situations are considered to be under control, people still prefer to use the virtual resource models as the benefits of it over the physical resource model is enormous. Many IT organizations are deploying their servers that are only running at a fraction of their capacity, because they are dedicating their physical server to a specific application. This usually turns out to be an inefficient mechanism because there is an excess capacity that is not being consumed, hence, leading to higher operating costs which can be easily managed if the same work is done using virtual resources models which can run with its full capacity. Virtual resource models were not so much into use before the pandemic but the pandemic gave us time to conclude that virtual resource models are much of a use than the physical resource models.

Some benefits of virtual resource models are as follows:-


Using a physical resource model can turn out to be inefficient at times because then the application on the server is not being used by you, the computer just sits idle and no other application can be used. But at the same moment if a virtual resource model is being used, it transforms the computer that a single physical server transforms into several virtual machines on which many applications can be used at the same time while staying at a single server for a long time. With the consolidation of different applications through virtual resource models, an IT firm will be able to consume less physical customers and will eventually lead to the spending to less money on servers.


When an unexpected consequence or a disaster hits a physical resource model, it crashes and someone has to take up the responsibility to fix it which possibly takes hours or in some cases it takes a few days. But assuming the same case when you are using a virtual resource model, it becomes easy to provision or deploy which allows you to replicate or clone the virtual machine that is being affected. The recovery process only takes a few minutes which is nothing as compared to the hours taken by the physical resource and hence help to enhance the resiliency of the environment.


With a less number of servers, the IT team will be able to spend less time on maintaining the physical hardware present. This will give you enough time to install, update and maintain the best environment across all the virtual resource models present on the servers rather than going through the laborious and tedious process of updating each physical resource model server by server. The time reduced for the IT team for maintaining and updating the resource models can be then used to increase the team’s efficiency and the productivity rate.


If a virtual resource model is used instead of a physical resource model, it allows the developers of a firm to quickly spin up the virtual resource machine without having any specific impact on the production system. This process may be ideal for a test where the developers can quickly clone the virtual resource model and can run a test on the present environment of the firm. A perfect example to explain this would be that if there is a new software patch released, then the developers can quickly clone the virtual resource, then update the software and instantly put it into the production system which helps to save enough time and increases the speed and agility of an application.


Once you cut down the physical resource models and start applying virtual resource model, the electricity bill for the firm automatically goes down by a good margin as there would be a massive reduction in the power being used. It reduces the expenses of the business and the money saved can be invested somewhere more beneficial. It also helps in reducing the carbon footprint of the data center of the firm.

Virtual resource models are powerful tools which helps the business relieve administrative overhead while increasing cost optimization, scalability and efficiency. Though it was created years ago, it just kept on to act as a catalyst and helped the physical resource model in many businesses. But when its best benefits were found, it turned out to be better than those of the physical resource models and are now being widely used in majority of the IT firms. The benefits stated above may just be considered as a part of a large iceberg.