Move it forward…
As your IT infrastructure grows and becomes more critical to your operations, a plan for moving forward with your hardware and disaster recovery plans becomes necessary. Server virtualization must be a part of that plan.
Virtualization allows one physical server to be utilized to run multiple virtual servers. This has many benefits, the most important being cost reductions in physical hardware, physical space and power consumption.
Virtualization also offers the added benefit of mobility with your servers. A server can be easily shut down, copied to another physical server and brought back online. This allows you to easily move virtual servers if requirements change or in the event of hardware failure.
Our network engineers are skilled at designing virtualization solutions that will help your business reduce expenses and improve your disaster recovery plans.
Nuts and bolts…
Most servers are underutilized. This is especially true for the processors within servers. Virtualization helps more fully utilize the powerful processors that are typically present in your servers by utilizing them to drive multiple virtual servers.
The same situation exists for RAM. Although memory is not as underutilized as most processors, there is typically more memory in a server than what is required. Virtualization allows you to take advantage of all of the memory you have purchased and put it to use across multiple virtual servers.
Since you are using fewer physical servers, you also receive the added benefits of less physical space or rack space needed in your server environment, less power consumption and less heat being produced, which means that less cooling is necessary.
You should also see a decrease in the hours necessary to maintain physical hardware, although this may depend on the number of physical servers in use.
Same for clients…
The same challenges hold true for desktops, or client machines. As your number of desktops grows, it becomes harder to manage them with your existing resources. The time consuming task of setting up each PC, installing office tools, email, line of business applications, antivirus, antimalware, printers, remote access and everything else increases with each new client PC.
Rather than distributing fully installed fat clients across your organization, desktop virtualization distributes thin clients and connects them back to a server that hosts all of the desktops. This allows you to install a single copy of a desktop image and share it with all of the users across your network.
The benefits are a reduction in the hours needed to configure new clients and providing a clean, consistent desktop to all of the users in the network.
Our network engineers can help you design a virtual desktop environment that will reduce costs and headaches.
See our Success Stories to hear about how we helped just a few of our clients establish a virtual solution.
Contact us today to discuss your virtualization/cost reduction strategy.