If You’re Buying a Warehouse Management System, You Need Virtualization – Here’s Why

Posted by Ian McCue on May 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM

If you're buying a wareohouse management system, you need virtualization

A warehouse management system (WMS) is one of the most critical pieces of enterprise technology in your business, something that supports your day-to-day operations. Like a car or a house, it’s a big investment that you need to protect.

That’s where virtualization comes in – it serves as a safety net if hardware fails, leads to easier, faster deployments and sets you up for a cloud-based WMS. Let’s get into more details on how this feature is ready to support your supply chain over the long run.

  1. Simplify deployments. Virtualization allows you to install and customize your WMS on just one server, even if the solution will be used across a complex, widespread network. It can be cloned onto other computers so you only have to endure the heavy workload that comes with an implementation project once. This also eliminates the chances of you flipping the wrong switches or messing up detailed configurations you’ve already completed. Your IT team will be thrilled to know this challenging, often frustrating process is less strenuous than expected.
  2. Protect your investment! Hardware is not invincible – we all know that. It could be destroyed by a catastrophic event or simply fail on its own. So why should you entrust a server with one of your most critical pieces of enterprise software? If hardware goes haywire at one location, the WMS can be rendered from another location through virtualization. That gives you a backup plan in case a server breaks down. Keeping your business going during such situations could save your business quite a bit of cash, not to mention the stress that comes with it. And we guarantee you’ll sleep better at night.
  3. Faster deployments. From months to days. A full-scale deployment is typically a months-long project, while setting up a virtualized WMS can be completed in days since it’s already been implemented and configured exactly how you want it. Chalk that up as a win for everyone. A quicker timeline lowers services fees, saving the company not just money but also headaches.
  4. Time for the cloud? Everything is moving to the cloud, and that trend reaches into the world of supply chain software. The benefits of a system fully managed by the vendor are clear, but businesses must have the right infrastructure in place to make the leap. In that sense, virtualization is a step toward the greater goal – hardware becomes less of a necessity. The cloud may not be on the to-do list now, but it probably will be soon.

Why your WMS should use Virtulization

Even though virtualization is an extremely valuable technology, and something that should be included with your WMS, it is not always a standard feature. When searching for a solution that will increase order accuracy and drive efficiency across your warehouse, it’s important to consider whether it offers virtualization.

For more on virtualization and why it should come with your WMS, read this white paper, 4 Reasons Why Your WMS Should Use Virtualization. It dives into more detail on the points listed above and provides additional information on the way this technology works.

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