Introduction to Virtualization
is the term for turning hardware resources into software, in order to deliver IT instrastrucure as a service (IAS). A software based solution allows you to run multiple servers on a single piece of hardware.
CloudMinders has over a decade of professional experience providing Virtualization Solutions, from Server Virtualization with VMWare ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V, to Desktop As a Service (DAS) with Citrix Xen and Remote Desktop Service solutions from Microsoft.
The software component of virtualization is known as a Hypervisor. We work with the industry leading hypervisors:
VMware Vsphere is the industry leading solution for for server consolidation and uptime solutions. Combine VMware with a Shared Storage solution for enhanced availability (HA) and make available modern backup solutions which allow rapid disaster recovery (DR).
Hyper-V provides many of the features of VMware and is integrated into Windows Server.
This strength is also its weakness, as the hypervisor requires windows to run and the underlying operating system requires maintenance as well.
Advantages of Virtualization
Consolidate to Save Money (CAPEX)
Save capital on hardware refreshes by consolidating servers. By running multiple servers on one physical host, you radically reduce the amount of hardware you need to own and maintain.
Save on Operational Expenses (OPEX)
Centralize management, standardize server images, a virtualizeds environment is much easier to support, and much more robust.
Virtualization introduces a whole new level of high availability and uptime for your servers.
A physical host fails? No problem, we can easily and quickly bring the server up on another host. For enhanced SLA, We can build automated instant failover and server mirroring.
Disaster Recovery (RD)
Combining Virtualization with leading Backup Solutions allows for rapid recovery either on premise or in the cloud, in the event of natural disaster, fire or break-in.