In the Information Technology field there are various options for
virtualisation, Network, Storage, Desktop and Server to name a few.
The most common and beneficial to business is Server virtualisation.
What is Server Virtualisation?
It is a method of running multiple, separate operating system
environments on a single piece of hardware and is an effective means
for combating server sprawl.
Having a large number of servers is undesirable as there is a large
incremental and rapidly depreciating capital expense for each piece
of hardware. With each additional piece of hardware comes more
complexity and additional failure points for the environment making
problems harder to diagnose and to resolve also additional servers
take up more space, use more power and more time overall to maintain.
In a practical sense Server Virtualisation can be utilised to move a
good operating system from old hardware to new hardware, with no
changes to the configuration of the computer network. It can also be
used to consolidate multiple physical servers into one, depending on
the hardware used for the Server Virtulisation one physical server
can host in excess of 100 virtual servers.
The primary benefits are clear, fewer servers produce less heat, use
less electricity and take up less space. Fewer servers reduce the IT
infrastructure complexity and reduces the number of failure points.
It also takes full advantage of the hardware purchased by the
organisation eliminating fractional usage.
Other benefits include:
Business Continuity: Easily swap the the virtual environment to another
physical server allowing rapid recovery in the event of a hardware
Rapid deployment: New applications can be deployed rapidly by eliminating
the hardware ordering and setup time.
Portability: Physical server reduction simplifies the task of relocating
to new areas or premises.
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