VirtualizationVirtualization is the single most effective way to reduce IT expenses while boosting efficiency and agility
Mac and PC Virtualization
IT professionals are constantly searching for ways to optimize their networks and make them more efficient. Unfortunately, one of IT’s biggest challenges is minimizing a company’s infrastructure while maximizing its server capability. Virtualization addresses this challenge by enabling the use of multiple operating systems and applications that run on a single hardware server. This could be on a dedicated PC or Macintosh computer. It’s important not to confuse this type of virtualization with desktop virtualization – where another OS is running on top of the main operating system – such as Parallels Desktop or VirtualBox.
Implementing server virtualization consolidates your server environment and makes it more efficient, adaptable and responsive to changing business requirements while improving availability and lowering your technology investment. Our virtualization services include:
Server Consolidation and Virtualization
Virtualization Capacity Planning Engagements
High Availability and Disaster Recovery Designs
Virtualize Mac or Windows Servers with One Piece of Hardware
Understanding Virtualization in 3 Minutes
VMware Virtualization Benefits
Benefits of switching to Virtualization Technology
Adding Storage Space
One of the primary reasons people choose to add a Network Attached Server to their home or office is to simply add more storage to their computer’s capacity. NAS servers can range in storage capacity from 100-250 gigabytes (GB), all the way up to 8 or more terabytes (TB). With this wide range of storage options, nearly any need can be met, from storage of huge program or video files for groups of people, or just creating a central server, giving multiple users a little extra hard drive space.
Run OS X and Windows on the Same Hardware
VMware vSphere can run natively on a Mac—right out of the box. This has several advantages over running on a PC. A Mac Pro would definitely make a great server, but even a Mac Mini can run vSphere efficiently. Running a mini with 16GB of memory allows you to run 5 to 6 servers at the same time. This can be a mix of OS X and Windows installations. For many small organizations, this is a real productivity booster and allows you to run multiple instances of mixed OS’s very inexpensively—something a PC just cannot do.
Consider, for example, the case of the server infrastructure where instead of purchasing 5 Windows Server licenses, which would cost you something in the region of $10,000 – $15,000 in licensing fees, you would simply purchase 1 license and host the remaining 4 servers without any extra cost. Furthermore, having fewer physical servers saves you money on power bills, maintenance fees, data center office space and fees.
Business Doesn’t Stop
Consolidating software applications, operating systems and hardware platforms, leads to fewer redundant physical devices needed to serve as primary machines. Conventional high-availability setups often require a 1:1 ratio of software-to-hardware while in the virtualized environment, multiple servers can fail-over to a set of backup servers. This, therefore, allows for a many-to-one configuration ratio, which increases service uptime and availability.
Higher Availability And Uptime
One of the main advantages of virtual servers is that they are completely segregated from one another, running as though they rely on separate hardware, which decreases downtime during maintenance periods. This means that changes can be made to one virtual server without affecting others sharing the same hardware. This also means that maintenance can be done in a production environment without affecting business and causing disruptions.
Virtual devices allow fast installations of new server applications or router and switch software services, because you no longer have to purchase equipment that can take days or weeks to get it ordered, delivered and set up. Instead, you simply configure a new virtual machine, router, switch or storage drive using the special virtualization management software tool you use. This process generally consists of simply copying an image, thereby significantly reducing setup times.
Corporate control mandates such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm Leach Bliley and HIPAA have implemented stringent privacy, security and auditing requirements on organizations. This has led organizations to use consolidated computing and networking infrastructures. Virtualization helps support higher management, security and tracking that the stricter directives require, in a lucrative way. It is innately easier to manage and enforce policies and to configure software from a central, common console than in a distributed manner, which makes it difficult to remain up to date with software updates.
Virtualization enables you to use fewer servers, thus decreasing electricity and waste heat. One watt-hour of energy savings at the server level results in roughly 1.9 watt-hours of facility-level energy savings by reducing energy waste in power and reducing the energy needed to cool the waste heat produced by the server.
80% greater utilization of server resources
Repurpose and Decommission
Virtualization enables the repurposing and decommissioning of some existing servers. According to the Uptime Institute, decommissioning a single 1U rack server can annually save $500 in energy, $500 in operating system licenses, and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs.
50% savings in capital and operating costs
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