Hardware Virtualization uses software to create a Virtual Machine (VM) that emulates a physical computer. This creates a separate OS environment that is logically isolated from the host server. By providing multiple VMs at once, this approach allows several operating systems to run simultaneously on a single physical machine. Rather than paying for many under-utilized server machines, each dedicated to a specific workload, server virtualization allows those workloads to be consolidated onto a smaller number of more fully-used machines. The two most popular Server Virtualization products are VMware and Microsoft’s Hyper-V. As of January of 2013 VMware still controlled approximately 60% of the Server Virtualization market, they had a near monopoly as recently as 2006. Microsoft’s’ Hyper-V now controls about 25% of the market. At one point in time, Microsoft’s Hyper-V solution was for small shops and VMware’s was for larger data centers, but that is no longer the case. Both vendor’s have filled these product gaps. VMware has plenty to offer small shops, and Microsoft has the necessary features to compete at the high end. Both Microsoft and VMware make it easy to start small and grow as your virtualization environment expands.
Having a virtual infrastructure offers benefits of simplifying IT management, disaster recovery, network reliability and cost savings. The importance of properly installing, configuring and maintaining a virtual infrastructure has become more critical than ever. As organizations adopt virtualization, their network and systems become increasingly more dynamic and complex. Often, these organizations do not have trained personnel, refined processes and the right tools to implement and maintain a virtual environment. Server Virtualization is something to truly get excited about as an owner or individual responsible for your IT investment. Talking about the Cloud? Well this is your way to build your own cloud. Start consolidating your multiple servers onto ONE server. This saves you electricity, cooling costs, and most importantly, maintenance costs. We can use VMware to start consolidating your old servers into one powerful new server. Total cost of ownership plummets, maintenance costs go down, reliability and scalability go up, and now you know you’re on top of your IT game.
In today’s fast-changing business environment, virtualization is no longer a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. Not only can it increase utilization and lower costs, it lays the foundation for cloud computing and future-proofs your organization.
DoubleTechnologies can take you there, faster. Our certified sales and technical consultants will work closely with you to define your needs, source various technologies and objectively point out the pros and cons of each option.
Together, we’ll whittle the options down until we find the best solution for your specific requirements, and build and deploy a solution that aligns with your organization’s goals.