What is Server Virtualization and why should I consider this for our network?

Virtualization is simply a way to consolidate multiple physical servers onto one server that is suitable to host a number of “virtual servers”, as depicted in the image to the right. There are many benefits that are realized with Virtualization from a technical efficiency perspective but also from a financial perspective.

Server Virtualization

Here are some the main benefits that can be realized with Virtualization

Save $ - save money with server licensing when you virtualize vs buying dedicated operating systems for each physical server. Save more $ by only having to maintain one physical box.
Uptime and availability – Servers are completely segregated from each other. Change or update one server without affecting others. Servers can failover or be moved to new hardware quickly and easily.
Speedy Installations – new Servers can be “spawned” in moments compared to conventional deployments of new physical servers that are required for specific software needs.
Power savings – save money with less power consumption and “Go Green” – running multiple virtual servers on a single piece of hardware utilizes CPU, Disk, and Memory resources more effectively and reduces your IT footprint.
Extend the life of older applications – older legacy applications often cannot run on modern operating systems or new hardware. By virtualizing and encapsulating the software and the environment it runs in, you can extend its life and get rid of the old hardware it was on.

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