Server Virtualization for Better Companies of Tomorrow
Server virtualization is the masking of server resources, including the number and identity of individual physical servers, processors, and operating systems, from server users. If you’re the administrator of a system where users need to be separate from one another and from the original server, a cheap and efficient way to do this is by creating private servers through a process called “server virtualization.” In this way, rather than the entire server dedicated to one thing, it can be used in several different ways.
Basically, there are three different kinds of server virtualization. They are virtual machine model which is based on the host/guest paradigm. This model uses a special kind of software called a hypervisor which enables administrators can create guests with different operating systems. The other two are saravirtual machine (PVM), which is similar to full virtualization, also based on a host/guest paradigm and can also run multiple OSes, while the last is OS-level. This is not based on the host/guest paradigm and guests must use the same OS as the administrator/host, and partitions are completely separated from one another.
There are numerous advantage of using server virtualization, for one, it saves money on IT Services costs and also reduces the number of physical servers a company must have on its premises. Server virtualization also helps a company reduce reliance on physical hardware and also cuts down on energy consumption since there are fewer physical servers consuming power. That’s especially important, given the trend toward green IT planning and implementation.
Server virtualization also enables companies to migrate a virtual machine easily from one physical server to another with hardly any downtime. This is by far one of the greatest benefits of a virtualization, where your data, files and applications will be stored on a universal format (virtual machine) that can be easily parked in most hardware. With this, disaster recovery is simplified as image-based backups can be restored easily on a functioning hardware, reducing the downtime for a fail over. Additionally, adopting server virtualization makes the journey to cloud a lot easier. You are, in a way, taking the first step towards a cloud system.
Web hosting is also much more affordable with server virsualizaion whereby dozens of servers can fit on the same computer, the supply of servers is increased for virtually no additional cost. Also, having a good server infrastructure will help to maximise the full potential of your hardware and software. Server virtualization allows you to design a flexible and robust server infrastructure; creating independent virtual machines for different functions and roles. Virtual machines can exist independently from each other in an effective and efficient ecosystem, without cannibalising each other for resources.
The business world changes fast, and companies need to be able to respond accordingly. Going virtual is a game-changing platform in the IT industry. Using server virtualization is the first step in this direction as the technology develops, paving the way for more cost-effective and efficient solutions. Speak to your IT Managed Services and IT Support providers today. For companies looking to tap into the advantages of a virtual infrastructure, it is best to work with a managed services provider that has a background in server virtualization deployments.