Do you need to upgrade your network? Don’t have the money to buy all new hardware? Virtualization is the answer. Dominant IT can help you develop a virtualization strategy and implement it. Virtualization will allow for more up-time during hardware failure and provide a faster environment for less cost.
What is server virtualization?
Virtualization is a term that is often applied to a wide range of technologies. Essentially, virtualizing a technology decouples the software used in that realm from the hardware. In the area of server virtualization, this means that multiple server environments (Windows, Linux, etc.) can be housed on a single piece of physical hardware. In this way, two Linux servers and a Windows server running on three separate machines could be virtualized to run on a single blade server box.
What are the advantages of virtualization?
The advantages of a properly planned for and implemented virtualization project are great. They include:
- Server consolidation: The most often talked about benefit of virtualization. If applications running on separate computers do not utilize the computing resources of their computers, they can be consolidated onto a smaller number of servers using virtualization technology. Infotech, an IT research firm, estimates that distributed physical servers generally use only 20 percent of their capacity. By virtualizing those server environments, one can boost hardware utilization between 60 and 80 percent. Doing the math, that’s a 3:1 or 4:1 consolidation ratio, though some companies have reported consolidation ratios as high as 12:1.
- Smaller footprint: Virtualizing servers decreases the number of physical boxes that a company must use. This means a smaller datacenter, with the resulting decreases in cooling and electrical costs.
- Hardware costs: Since virtualization allows for greater utilization of existing resources, fewer physical servers are required which saves money on upfront hardware and maintenance costs.
- Flexibility and agility: Since virtualization allows for the quick creation of different operating system environments, it is easy to run legacy applications alongside new versions, migrate applications to new environments and restore systems in post-disaster scenarios.
- Ease of Testing and Development: In a similar vein as above, virtualization speeds up the development and testing process because it makes it easier to create different operating system environments. Virtualization allows designers to compare application performance across different operating environments as well as test applications in virtual environments (which therefore avoids destabilizing the system that users are currently using).
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