Virtualisation

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If your business is experiencing ever-increasing IT costs and has too many under utilised servers, then virtualisation can help by dramatically changing the way that your IT resources are managed and deployed.

The benefits of virtualisation are clear. With the right software you can rationalise your system hardware, reduce the cost of management and maintenance and extend the lifetime of your hardware investment. With fewer, more energy efficient machines, you also cut back on expensive energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

A leaner, more efficient platform

The reduction in hardware also helps cut back on licensing expenditure. A leaner, more efficient hardware estate makes it easier to deploy new software in response to the needs of internal teams and the business as a whole. As well as cutting back on costs, virtualisation makes your business more agile, enabling you to make critical business decisions, safe in the knowledge that your hardware platform and system management tools can help you respond to these new opportunities.

Application virtualization

Application virtualisation enables organisations to meet the needs of users and IT by hosting applications centrally and then making them available to authorised users with minimal impact on functionality and user productivity.  Application virtualisation reduces the workload associated with installing and maintaining applications on multiple devices. It also increases business agility through faster application deployment and updates with no user interruptions.

 

What is Server Virtualisation

The principle behind server virtualisation is the process of creating a live snapshot (virtual machine) of a physical server’s hardware, operating system and applications.

A virtual server platform allows you to run multiple independent virtual servers (guests) simultaneously on a single physical machine (host). Instead of having numerous smaller physical servers these are replaced by one or more larger physical servers maximising your IT resources and the investment in your hardware.

If used correctly server virtualisation can be a powerful way to drive down your IT costs, improve your business continuity and deliver applications with a highly efficient and scalable solution.

By reducing your total number of physical servers you will also be able to save on energy costs and allow your business to operate more efficiently.

By eliminating the old “one server, one application” model you will be able to consolidate your hardware resources, reduce your capital expenditure and on-going maintenance costs.

Key Benefits of Server Virtualisation

  • Improved Business Continuity and Increased Resilience

Implementing a virtual server environment improves your disaster recovery capabilities and resilience. In the event of failure servers can be restored in matter of minutes dramatically reducing downtime, causing a minimal disruption and providing your business with a highly stable IT infrastructure.

  • Increased Capacity for Growth

A virtualised server environment provides a highly flexible and scalable platform that can easily grow as your business does.

  • Reduced IT Capital Expenditure

Employing fewer physical machines means your capital expenditure costs are significantly reduced due to the need for less hardware.

  • Reduced Hardware Maintenance Costs

Reducing your physical server count and consolidating your hardware allows you to save on on-going maintenance and upgrade costs.

  • High Availability and Rapid Deployment             

The nature of virtual servers allows them to be quickly set up from templates enabling the rapid deployment of new servers and applications with minimal downtime during upgrades.

  • Increased Hardware Utilisation

Running multiple virtual servers on a single physical machine allows each server to share a large pool of computing power so that each can call on large resources during peak loads utilising the full capacity of your hardware.

  • Reduced Energy Costs and Greener IT

The consolidation of your physical server count enables you to reduce your power consumption, save on energy costs and lower your carbon footprint.

  • Increased Flexibility
    Server virtualisation will help your business become more flexible and adaptable by quickly providing the IT resources that you need when you need them.  Various benefits of server virtualisation