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Virtualisation

Doing more with less has always been a mantra for IT departments.

When times are tough it is natural for any organisation to look closely at how it can get a greater return from its existing investment and IT will be no exception. So it makes sense to look closely at technologies that can let you do more with less. Virtualisation is just such a technology, but what exactly is it and how can it benefit you.
 

Virtualisation can be used in a number of different scenarios within an organisation:

Server consolidation – probably the most common use of virtualisation. By virtualising your servers you can reduce hardware and operating costs by as much as 50% and reduce the time it takes to provision new servers by 70%.
Business continuity – by virtualising your IT resources you will be better able to recover from a man-made or natural disaster.
Desktop management and control – by virtualising the desktop you will be able to deal more easily with a wide variety of mobile and remote users.
Green IT – as virtualisation requires less physical servers it allows you to reduce your server energy costs by up to 90%.
Virtualised enterprise applications – provide a platform for running server applications, such as Microsoft Exchange and SQL server and Separate Legacy applications from the central infrastructure allowing freedom from age restrictions.

The Benefits of Virtualisation

  • Business Agility and Flexibility – Virtualisation can greatly increase business agility and flexibility. By decoupling business processing from physical hardware, virtualisation improves agility by enabling IT to respond to rapid changes in demand. Virtualisation also allows enterprises to be faster to deploy new products and services, more able to incorporate offsite, contract, and offshore labour and more easily expand into new markets.
  • Reduced Downtime – it delivers reduced downtime as virtual images are easier to restore after a failure – either an operational failure (such as a virus infection) or a hardware failure. The portability of virtual images allows new and different hardware to be used for recovery, further reducing the downtime.
  • Reduces Administration Costs – With virtualisation, administration (especially remote administration) becomes a lot easier, faster and cost-effective. Desk-side visits can be almost eliminated through desktop and application virtualisation, because the business applications are maintained centrally. Any failure in the end user environment can be rectified quickly and easily.
  • Security Control – Virtualisation can provide many security benefits such as: central control over an application of the time, type and level of application access provided to end users, secure, isolated testing and debugging for potentially harmful applications, malware, new applications and new security scenarios and isolated customer-separate environments without needing to acquire separate hardware for each new customer
  • Greater efficiency: Virtualisation allows you to reduce, reuse, and retire existing server platforms. It greatly simplifies the physical IT structure, allowing you to manage, secure, and upgrade desktop and laptop computers centrally.
  • Disaster Recovery:  Virtualisation ensures business continuity by reducing the risk of IT outages and data loss. Backup and disaster recovery is much simpler and faster and ensure disaster recovery in case of an application failure. In an emergency, a company’s entire virtualized environment can be remotely archived and the backup virtual server accessed by end users, with little or no downtime. 

Next Steps

Virtualisation will provide real benefits for even small and medium-sized organisations. MWL are experienced in designing and implementing virtualisation solutions based on the leading VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V platforms.
  1. Speak to us: It’s the first step and the most simple. Speak to one of our consultants on 01978 858300 or request a callback and our friendly team will discuss the basics and benefits for you. Have an informal, no commitment, talk about the options.
  2. Review Business: We will review current business processes, growth plans, and IT infrastructure.  This enables us to have a complete overview of business practices and make certain we provide you with a suitable infrastructure design.
  3. Inventory your current IT: This is done to understand, how your current IT environment will be affected by a virtual solution. It is important to know how the current servers are being used, whether there is a need to streamline processes and current usage patterns. Listing the number of users who will access the virtualised environment and monitoring network access patterns (Peaks through the day/month) to provide us with the information needed to implement suitable hardware to run your virtual solution.
  4. Determine which hardware and software to virtualize: Older servers, infrequently used servers, and multiprocessor servers dedicated to single-processor applications are good candidates for starting your virtualisation environment. Applications to virtualise might include those in a development or test environment, using a single processor, or those with low usage rates. We start with these applications to make certain your organisation receive the least impact on day to day working.
  5. Test and deploy the virtualised installation: After building, assembling necessary component hardware and integrating networking and storage systems, install the virtualisation software and then migrate existing applications to their virtual environments. Before rolling out virtualisation, test it so that any technical issues which surface are addressed before they impact your users and business productivity.

For a product demonstration or to speak to an expert, please contact us on 01978 858300. Alternatively, ask one of our specialists to call you back by clicking callback.