Virtualization for Small businesses

August 7, 2009

As a small company, the statement “do more with less” is what keeps IT admins on their toes, looking for better ways to save every penny. With upper management reluctant to revamp server hardware, the reliability of your cheap, outdated machines comes into question. Server virtualization, which may seem like an expensive technology that only large enterprise use, may actually be the easiest and cheapest solution.

A recent study by The Register shows that virtualization expertise is still low, especially at the small business level.

Virtualization Expertise

However, the benefits of virtualization cannot be ignored, and may actually be the easiest and cheapest solution available for reliable IT operation. As this PC Week article reveals, any task relegated to an old computer would be better served by a virtual machine on a modern computer.

Here are some highlights from the article:

  1. While VMware sells its enterprise solutions, its free Server product is adequate for many small business apps.
  2. Use the free vCenter Converter to convert your existing computer to a virtual machine.
  3. For users < 10, you can use Windows XP or Vista for many server tasks.
  4. For users > 10, use Windows Server 2008 for around $700.
  5. A smart additional step would be to use a redundant external disk solution. (NOTE: Check out for external storage)

So why is virtualization the easier, cheaper solution? Well you’ve created redundancy, high availability and simplified management without ripping and replacing your existing machines–just like the enterprise IT pros. Who’s the small business now?


“Get in, get out, get on with it” @ DNF Express

January 29, 2009
DNF Express is Live

DNF Express is Live

Our new online store for storage solutions is live.

Check out our press release: DNF Express Launched.  And if you order in the next month, with promo code “launch” you’ll get free shipping.  Check it out.

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DNF Express: Our new online store for smaller solutions

January 20, 2009

We’re launching a new shopping site, DNF Express!

DNF Express is set go live on 1/28.  With this new site, we’ll expand our product offerings to offer our customers storage solutions for small-office/home office (SOHO) environments — and an easy shopping experience. The new web store will offer a variety of products including wireless NAS servers, host bus adapters, and RAID storage.  And you can buy online.  If you’re looking for something for your home office, small workgroups, sales office, streaming media, or easy backup, take a look.

Get on the list for DNF Express’ SOHO and SMB solutions to be notified about special offers and promotions, and look for it live in the coming days.