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“Virtualisation, in computing, is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as a hardware platform, operating system, a storage device or network resources.”

Source: Turban, E; King, D; Lee, J; Viehland, D (2008). "Chapter 19: Building E-Commerce Applications and Infrastructure". Electronic Commerce A Managerial Perspective. pp. 27.

In todays' environment, things simply must work together, and happen faster, to satisfy an increasing appetite for information and services. IT departments are being pushed to find better ways to integrate, provision, deploy, and manage systems at a faster pace without straining already burdened budgets.

Virtualization is a key technology used in data centres to optimize resources. As IT needs evolve, virtualization can no longer be regarded as an isolated technology to solve a single problem. Many companies started the optimization journey by using server virtualization to consolidate systems and reduce capital expenditure. With IT staff now tasked to deliver on-demand services, data centre virtualization requirements have gone well beyond simple consolidation and CAPEX reduction.  Indeed, virtualization at the operating system level no longer is sufficient.

With users looking for a cloud experience, simply provisioning and delivering an operating environment falls short.IT organizations must rapidly deliver services, such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS),platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS). As a result, virtualization solutions need to mature and facilitate flexibility, agility, and speed in deploying complete application stacks to support the new service-based charter.

Cost however is not the reason you should consider virtualisation.  Acarida has worked with many organisations over the past 10 years delivering virtualised solutions.  These range from Hardware Domains on the large Sun SPARC and IBM Power Systems to Desktop Virtualisation (or VDI – Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).   We have found that Organisations that embark along this path also gain in relation to:

  • Control –  Centralised Management of all Virtualised Servers
  •  Resilience – Easy fail-over between VM’s (Virtual Machines)
  •  Backup – Simplified and Secure Backup of Systems
  •  Upgrades – Clone a VM – Test Upgrade – Move Upgraded VM into Production

Storage Virtualization from Acardia

Storage virtualization technologies can help organizations eliminate redundant data, reduce bandwidth requirements, gain flexibility, and better utilise existing infrastructure to reduce space, power, and cooling requirements. A broad range of storage virtualisation solutions — from the integrated storage virtualization capabilities in Oracle Solaris 10, to IBM® Storwize® V7000 Unified and Oracle Sun Unified Storage systems, Oracle Exadata Storage Servers, IBM XIV and virtual tape solutions — can help companies achieve optimal performance, simplify storage provisioning and management, and reduce the risk of data loss and downtime.

Acardia has extensive skills in all areas of implementing a virtualised infrastructure, please call our experienced engineers on 0845 230 1055 to discuss your requirements and see how we help you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In todays' environment, things simply must work together, and happen faster, to satisfy an increasing appetite for information and services. IT departments are being pushed to find better ways to integrate, provision, deploy, and manage systems at a faster pace without straining already burdened budgets.

 

Virtualization is a key technology used in data centres to optimize resources. As IT needs evolve, virtualization can no longer be regarded as an isolated technology to solve a single problem. Many companies started the optimization journey by using server virtualization to consolidate systems and reduce capital expenditure. With IT staff now tasked to deliver on-demand services, data centre virtualization requirements have gone well beyond simple consolidation and CAPEX reduction.  Indeed, virtualization at the operating system level no longer is sufficient.

 

With users looking for a cloud experience, simply provisioning and delivering an operating environment falls short.IT organizations must rapidly deliver services, such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS),platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS). As a result, virtualization solutions need to mature and facilitate flexibility, agility, and speed in deploying complete application stacks to support the new service-based charter.

 

Cost however is not the reason you should consider virtualisation.  Acarida has worked with many organisations over the past 10 years delivering virtualised solutions.  These range from Hardware Domains on the large Sun SPARC and IBM Power Systems to Desktop Virtualisation (or VDI – Virtual Desktop Infrastructure).   We have found that Organisations that embark along this path also gain in relation to:

 

·         Control –  Centralised Management of all Virtualised Servers

·         Resilience – Easy fail-over between VM’s (Virtual Machines)

·         Backup – Simplified and Secure Backup of Systems

Upgrades – Clone a VM – Test Upgrade – Move Upgraded VM into Production

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