Virtualization & The Cloud
You probably fall into one of these two categories:
- You’ve virtualized already and are looking to add to that investment.
- You have not virtualized and are looking to learn more.
If you have already virtualized, you may or may not be aware some other ways our clients are extending their virtual server investment. For those of you who have not virtualized, it will change the way you use your I.T. forever (in a good way).
Virtual Servers’ Benefits (Leveraging Server Virtualization)
- Simplifies management (makes your life easier)
- Minimizes downtime, with ability to do hardware upgrades during the day
- Improves data security through reducing footprint
- Enables disaster recovery and simplifies backup
- Rapid server provisioning
- Snapshot technology
More about Server Virtualization:
If you are looking to extend your existing virtualization investment into virtual servers, many clients begin in one of these three areas: 1) desktop virtualization, which is the solution for BYOD management, 2) converged networking, which extends your network from core switches to your virtualization environment, and 3) enhanced monitoring, which sheds old watermark-based alerting and learns what’s normals (i.e. vCOPS).
If you’re not virtualized and exploring the technology, you’ll realize these key benefits: improved ability to roll out servers as needed in minutes, extremely simple server backups and restores, and you’re entire virtual server environment will become portable which makes disaster recovery become a dream.
Which solution should I choose: VMware vSphere or Microsoft HyperV?
Both platforms are the two premier players in the industry and both provide tremendous value. We are finding most of our VMware clients stay with VMware because they appreciate their virtualization platform OS being different from their primary server OS. Although, Microsoft’s virtualization platform is just as strong and capable as VMware’s platform today. It comes down to preference.
What is most important when designing my virtualization environment: CPU Memory or Storage?
Storage, memory and then CPU; in that order. Storage is the lifeblood of your environment and for your business to perform the way it needs, the back-end storage needs to be robust. You’ll run out of memory before your run out of CPU. When designing virtualization infrastructure we typically prefer CPU clock speed over core count.
Do I have to have a SAN for virtualization?
Actually no. You can get started in virtualization with one server and work your way into the investment. With fault tolerance for Microsoft HyperV or VSA for VMware, your data can be synchronized in real time across multiple servers. We see this technology used more in clients with fewer employees. Larger clients are typically looking for 5 9’s of availability which only comes from mid-market and enterprise storage.
If all of my critical applications are on one server, what happens if that server fails?
Trust us we get this all the time… Because of the portability of virtualization it’s easier than ever to protect your virtualized servers in the event a disaster occurs. Pairing your virtualization investment with enterprise class hardware (it’s not as expensive as you might think today), will net your environment a higher service level than has ever been achieved with physical servers.