How virtualization benefits tax and accounting practices
An increasingly popular way of delivering IT services is through virtualization, which comes in several flavors. With server virtualization, a physical server is split into multiple virtual servers. Each virtual server can run its own full-fledged operating system, and these operating systems can be different from one virtual server to the next. The physical server typically runs a hypervisor program to create the virtual servers and manage the resources of the various operating systems. Then each virtual server can be employed as if it were a stand-alone physical server, thus reducing the number of physical servers needed in an IT shop and saving the organization money and space.
By desktop virtualization, whatever user sees on his/her desktop is completely isolated from the physical machine and accessed through a client/server computing model. This virtualized desktop environment is stored on a server, rather than on the local storage of the desktop device; when the user works from his or her desktop device, all the programs, applications, and data are kept on the server and all programs and applications are run on the server. In this kind of practice, the server does almost all the work and a thin client can be a normal desktop or it can be even notebook, smartphones.
The above virtualization model can serve ideally to the tax and accounting professional. For a general accountant or CPAs, the desktop consists of tax and accounting applications as well as many other supportive tools to process their operations. These applications require heavy system resources to function and there is even desperate need of any expert technician to manage their setup. Having separate desktop setup for each individual in the office not only costs in the term of licensing but also gives us huge burden of resource setup and management. A centralized server helps us to address these concerns.
Tax and accounting professionals can opt to use cloud computing to host their resources. Cloud computing is the latest form of the virtualization technology. By implementing cloud for tax and accounting practices, all the benefits of cloud computing get inherited to the operations of tax and accounting jobs. The major benefits of cloud computing are: increased performance, high availability, anywhere and anytime access and reduced expenses which can be very helpful to boost the performance of accounting firms or departments.
It is not necessary to have our own cloud computing or virtualization infrastructure to share the benefits of these technologies. We can choose any hosting provider to host our tax and accounting applications to get these features of technology. We even get full technical support on our resources. The hosting provider becomes responsible for setup, management and to fix the issues.