What is a Virtual Server?
Simply put, instead of having multiple physical servers to run all your business software, you can have multiple virtual servers running on one piece of hardware, in your office or in the ‘cloud’. Virtualisation was first developed in the late 1990’s and in the last 10 years has become an established, mature technology. Virtualisation delivers greater value by enabling maximal usage of server hardware as well as greater flexibility in terms of load-balancing, backup and recovery. Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) or virtual manager is the technology behind virtualization, which separates compute environments from the actual physical infrastructure.
ABTechnologies has successfully deployed virtual servers across Australia, using Microsoft Hyper-V virtualisation software. Virtualisation enables our clients to get maximum usage from their hardware, and keep their business operating even if an entire server fails. Having your business software tied to a particular piece of hardware makes fail-over and backups more complicated and expensive to implement. Some organisations need to keep old software running, but when the underlying hardware is old, out-of-warranty and liable to fail soon it presents a significant operational risk.
Deploying one physical server for each task can quickly get expensive, and each task may not utilise a server’s full capacity. On top of this, more servers means greater electricity consumption, plus you’ll need to find somewhere to put them all.
Virtualization is the single most effective way to reduce IT expenses while boosting efficiency and agility - not just for large enterprise, but for small and midsize businesses too.
Virtualization is the Answer
Using virtualisation to liberate software systems from being tied to a specific piece of hardware solves a number of problems:
- Improves resilience and up time by enabling fail over clustering
- Simplifies migration of old software to new server hardware
- Get maximum utility & performance from your server hardware
- Makes backups easier
Benefits of Virtualization
Virtualize to build the right foundation for cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data - which will account for 98% of the spend on IT growth by 2020.
- Reduce capital and operating costs.
- Deliver high application availability.
- Increase IT productivity, efficiency, agility and responsiveness.
- Support business continuity and disaster recovery.
- Minimize or eliminate downtime.
- Speed and simplify application and resource provisioning.
- Enable centralized management.