The traditional approach to IT architecture was to dedicate a server for every service. This achieved the architectural goal of avoiding co-dependant systems, but at a cost of server proliferation and under utilisation. The industry average utilisation of CPU is under 10% across the server infrastructure.
Our server virtualisation solutions allows these costs to be significantly reduced by abstracting the operating system and applications from the hardware layer into “containers”. The virtualised containers can then be run independently on host platforms with dynamic load balancing to ensure maximum utilisation. In a typical server virtualisation project a consolidation ratio of 10:1 can be achieved, giving substantial reduction in the cost and footprint of your server estate.
Server virtualisation of servers is, however, not all about cost reduction. By virtualising you can also provide much greater capability for the provision of IT services, especially in the context of high availability and business continuity. Because servers have become files or containers they can now be replicated and moved to ensure that services are backed up and able to be restarted or moved to new servers should there be a problem with the underlying physical hardware.
Key areas addressed using Server virtualisation
In summary, server virtualisation can be used to eliminate server sprawl to more efficient use of server resources, to improve server availability, to assist in disaster recovery, testing and development, and to centralise server administration, and therefore reducing your overall IT costs.
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