The idea of virtualization is simple, and although the underlying technology is somewhat complicated, implementing virtualization with DataHive’s VMWare offering is very simple. Virtualization is the use of software to allow a server to run multiple operating systems at the same time.
The technology got its start on mainframes decades ago, allowing administrators to avoid wasting expensive processing power. Processing power these days is very inexpensive, but the fact remains that the large percentage of servers are being under-utilized. Virtualization allows you to fully utilize the processing power of a server. This means you have less capital outlay for hardware. It’s also a “green” initiative in that fewer physical servers being plugged in means less electricity is being used.
Don’t let the word “virtualization” confuse you. It’s a simple concept. Think of a traditional server as a house; it’s a single family (single OS) environment. Virtualization would be more like an apartment building; that is, a single physical structure that hosts multiple distinct and unique residences.
A large portion of many companies’ operating budgets goes to IT-related materials, including servers, desktops, laptops, and cell phones, along with the power it takes to run them. Virtualization is all about less physical equipment to purchase, operate, and repair, which can translate into substantial cost savings for your company. If your company supports your working from home, they can save money on office space. You can personally save time and money by skipping that hour long commute to the office!
Virtualization means that working from home or your business trip doesn’t interfere with your ability to get things done effectively and efficiently. If your boss needs you to revise a spreadsheet that’s on the company server and to print it on his printer, you can easily do this—from home, while traveling, or even from your phone while running an errand. Because with virtualization you can work from anywhere, any time, and from any device. For you, this means more flexibility and productivity.
Utilizing a single physical machine to run multiple virtual machines reduces space requirements while lowering power and cooling demands. The benefits of virtualization include the following:
Today’s ambitious SMBs need to find not just small, one-time savings and improvements within their organization. They also need to consider whole new ways of utilizing IT to help their business grow and compete more efficiently. Virtualization is a key tool to realizing that goal, and DataHive is poised to help SMBs make the move toward virtualization.
Here are a few great reasons for SMBs to make the switch.
Virtualization software runs on industry-standard AMD and intel x86-based hosts no matter what operating system you use.
Virtualization offers access to all physical server resources including CPU, memory, storage, networking and peripherals.
Because multiple virtual machines can be run on a single server, you can optimize how your hardware is used.
Each virtual machine is contained within its own software compartment which means that virtual machines can be provisioned, copied, backed up and restored as easily as any other software.
By running legacy operating systems on a virtual machine, the IT team can continue to support older, mission-critical applications without maintaining slower, older servers running proprietary operating systems or systems that are no longer supported.
Without having to deploy a physical server for each new application, IT can quickly test and then deploy new applications.
Without virtualization, companies need to create exact duplicates of their hardware to accommodate disaster recovery. Virtualization eliminates this requirement, making it easier to set up an offsite system for this purpose.
No unplanned downtime
With virtualization you can move your virtual machines between servers so before updating or patching a server you can switch its virtual machines or other resources. That means maintenance can be conducted without downtime.
Because virtualization allows you to consolidate multiple applications on a single server, you can avoid using servers running at less than maximum capacity.
Virtualization technology incorporates monitoring and management tools that let you automate tasks or handle them manually.