Virtualisation allows you to run multiple systems on one server to consolidate hardware resources

Virtual environments are created when operating systems and desktop applications are emulated, and don’t run directly on physical hardware. When software is virtualised, you can run several applications and operating systems on one physical server.

Using the market leading virtualisation software VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, virtual servers are built in exactly the same way as conventional physical servers. They have their own operating systems, and are seen by the network as completely independent devices. Depending on how powerful the physical ‘host’ server may be, it is typical to have up to 3 or 4 ‘guest’ virtual servers residing on the one physical machine.

As a virtual server is essentially a set of data files, it can easily be moved or copied from one physical location to another, giving a level of flexibility that physical servers cannot match. The virtual solutions we can implement will dramatically increase the options available to organisations when considering their disaster recovery strategies.

Specific benefits include:

  • Server consolidation (for example you can run several operating systems on one physical server, so you get the maximum use from your hardware)
    Easier software back-up and disaster recovery
  • Hosting legacy applications, for example ones that need to run on older operating systems
  • Reduced test and development costs – you get the most from your hardware, plus improved life cycle management and test coverage
  • Better business continuity – the flexibility of a virtual set-up helps reduce scheduled and unscheduled downtime
  • Being greener: fewer physical servers means a smaller carbon footprint

Before your business invests in another expensive server, talk to us about the possibilities server virtualisation could offer you.

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