Since the advent of Virtualization, the world of IT has undergone a massive paradigm shift in the way organizations operate, allowing them to cut costs, reduce downtime, and get their ideas to market faster than ever.
In “the old days,” when an organization wanted a new server, managers had to undergo an arduous process: order the hardware, wait for it to arrive, assemble it, mount it in the data center, and power it on. Deploying new servers could take weeks. Every application had to have its own physical server to avoid costly server crashes, and so if a company had 100 applications they needed to run, they may have had to run 100 physical servers. Those physical servers all drew power and produced heat, all day long, whether they were at a 4% utilization rate or a 90% utilization rate. They also consumed precious space in the data center. Data center power bills were enormous, and it took ages to deploy new applications. Engineering, Sales and Marketing teams had to add weeks, or months of waiting time before they could get their products and ideas to market – and when a server died, it could take hours or even days before you could bring it back online and restore all of the data.
Enter Virtualization: Individual “Virtual Machines” hosting applications run as compartmentalized siloes, all coexisting on one physical server, sharing process and compute power. Groups of these servers form clusters, or Private Clouds, where they share pooled resources. Management requests an application and in a matter of minutes the server hardware is allocated, assembled and up and running, provisioned from an organization’s own Private Cloud. Rather than owning a set number of servers, your organization owns a Private Cloud, an expansive pool of computer, memory and storage resources that you can divvy up and allocate on-the-fly, as you wish, to each department in your organization. Workloads that used to require 100 physical servers or desktops today can now require as few as a handful. And by the way, these virtual machines can even be moved around, as data files, over the LAN or even the Internet, opening the door for modern Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery technology.
For Management Teams, these new changes translate to increased cost savings, true business agility, and reduced downtime. Power bills and recurring expenses such as hardware support contracts are shrunk to fractions of their previous cost. Project lead times are greatly reduced, allowing businesses to get their products and ideas to the marketplace faster than ever. Many common outages that used to halt productivity can be eliminated entirely.
Changing the way your organization delivers applications and digital resources can be a daunting task. Trusted Network Solutions, with their business partners Microsoft and VMware, have the expertise and experience to help your organization “Virtualize” much or your entire digital environment.
Example Manufacturers: VMware®, Microsoft®