Key Benefits Of Virtualization
Virtualization is one of the hottest topics in information technology for a very good reason.
A virtual machine exists simply as data. Being data means it can be moved or replicated as easily as copying a file or files. Copy the virtual machine to another physical computer and it will run exactly the same way. For all intents and purposes, it will actually be the exact same machine, even if it’s running on dramatically different hardware.
If your physical server has a hardware failure, the virtual machine can run on different hardware. Your entire virtual machine can be backed-up, not just the files on it but the entire machine. Advanced virtualization solutions such as VMware can even have two versions of the same server at two locations that appear to be the same server. One server can take over for the other, should it go down due to hardware failure.
One physical computer can run a multitude of virtual machines. A virtual machine can also be spread out across a multitude of physical servers. This dynamic means that one virtual machine can harness the power of multiple physical machines or physical computers can provide redundancy for virtual machines.
Adding more power for more virtual machines becomes as easy as adding new physical computers. This provides you with incredible flexibility in initial hardware purchases, maintenance, and upgrades.
Ease Of Management
Since one physical computer can accommodate multiple virtual machines, the machines can be created for dedicated tasks. The reason to do this is to take advantage of physical hardware while still dedicating each server to individual tasks. For example, rather than having a single server running Microsoft Exchange, file sharing, and Active Directory you would have three virtual servers, each of which, hosts only one service.
By isolating the virtual machine to a single task, it can be managed more effectively. If, for example, an update to Microsoft Exchange caused it to crash and every service was on one server, all services would go down while the fix to Microsoft Exchange occurred. With dedicated virtual machines, you would only need to take down the Microsoft Exchange virtual machine to repair it. The other servers continue to operate as normal.
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We understand that each organization has unique IT requirements. Our team will collaborate closely with you to assess your infrastructure, understand your goals, and design customized virtualization solutions tailored to your specific needs. Whether you require server virtualization, desktop virtualization, or storage virtualization, we have the expertise to deliver optimal outcomes.