When businesses talk about virtualization, they mean partitioning one physical server into a number of virtual servers. In other words, virtualization allows your business to run multiple applications as well as operating systems independently on one single server, rather than having a larger number of servers with one application per. As well, it allows business administrators to quickly move all workloads from one virtual workspace to another virtual workspace. This allows the business to prioritise all needs while still maximising their server resources.
Network virtualization splits all available bandwidth within a network into a number of independent channels that are able to be assigned to specific devices and servers. It separates all applications from the operating system and hardware, putting them in a neat little container which can be relocated later on without causing a disruption in other systems. Via desktop virtualization, one central server is used to manage and deliver individualised desktops remotely. While this gives all users a full working experience, it also provides an opportunity for the IT staff to manage, patch and upgrade all computers virtually rather than having to do each computer separately one at a time.
There are many reasons why your business should invest in virtualization, especially if the business manages a number of desktops and servers in their office. Virtualization can make your business run more efficiently. Virtualization helps the business:
- Save Energy – Businesses tend to spend lots of money powering server capacity that remains unused. Virtualization works to reduce the total number of physical servers in an offer, reducing the total amount of energy needed to both power the servers and cool them down. (This also means a decrease on your electricity bills!)
- Save Money – Most businesses often have only one application for each server because they do not want to risk any possibility of having an application crash and bringing down another application located on that server. By using virtualization, businesses can turn their single purpose servers into one that is built for multi-tasking, thereby turning all their servers into a strong computing pool able to adapt in a more flexible manner to all changing workloads.
- Decrease Headaches Associated with Desktop Management – Desktop and notebook upgrades, security and management can be a daunting, laborious task. By employing virtualization solutions, businesses are able to centrally manage all desktops and laptops, ensuring that they are secure and updated at all times.
- Save Time – When there are less servers, businesses are able to spend much less time on the manual server maintenance tasks. By having one virtual storage device, businesses can perform all tasks, like recovery, backup and archiving in a more swift and efficient manner.
Here are just a few of the benefits of virtualization that we provide at One Metric:
- Reduced cost by reducing the number of servers required, power consumed by the network, and overall support cost.
- Ease of management of servers.
- Less downtime.
- More scalable.
- Provide support for a number of key virtualization vendors, including VMWare, Microsoft, and Citrix.