Five Benefits of Server Virtualization
July 24th, 2015 Matt McCue

IT investments can become a costly expenditure with maintenance, cooling, and upkeep to ensure servers are running at their full capacity.

Businesses with their own servers and data centres understand how expensive the costs are to purchase and maintain the machines. Their IT investments can become a costly expenditure with maintenance, cooling, and upkeep to ensure the servers are running at their full capacity.


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One of the ways that your company can reduce the need to purchase new servers is with Server Virtualization, which is the process of creating multiple virtual servers that run within one physical server.


This Tridacom article addresses some of the key benefits of Server Virtualization. Here is our partial list of the advantages that businesses experience when utilizing Server Virtualization.


  1. Isolating Applications for Increased Security One of the main advantages that businesses experience is an increased security structure surrounding their data, especially when using the same machine for development and operational tasks. You’re able to separate with partitions the processes used for key operational tasks from the systems and applications in development, which ensure that your essential operations are never put at risk by projects under construction.
     
  2. Consilidation When a server has undergone virtualization to create multiple virtual servers, you’re able to host more operating systems and applications on less machines. This means that an individual server is capable of running numerous operating systems at the same time, which reduces the amount of servers that your company needs to purchase. A Virtualized Server can do more than a server that hasn’t undergone virtualization because the process of virtualization allows the server to have an increased capacity which allows for consolidation of more than one operating system and application to be run at the same time.

  3. Faster Installations To install additional virtual machines inside a single physical server compared to purchasing a new server is a fraction of the man hours, making Virtualized Servers a much quicker install. Installing a new server involves ordering it from the suppliers, waiting for it to arrive, cabling, and set-up - the whole process can take weeks to complete. Instead, a virtual server is configured using the special virtualization software or tool, which takes an hour or two to complete.

  4. Less Energy Consumed A virtualized server running multiple operating systems uses less energy than running each operating system on its own server. With each server consuming energy continually around the clock, a virtualized server decrease the data centre’s energy consumption and footprint. Fewer servers means your company will be spending less to run and cool your data centre, a savings you’ll see every month of the year.
  5. Increased Uptime Virtualized Servers have multiple safeguards to keep them operational or to quickly bounce back from unplanned outages. Live migration, storage migration, fault tolerance, high availability, and distributed resource scheduling are installed on virtual servers to ensure that they’re able to continue working for you throughout most situations that would cripple a non-virtualized server. This also means that a Virtualized Server is able to undergo changes to a specific virtual server without affecting the other virtual servers running in the same environment.

Summary


To learn more about how Virtualization for your servers can increase your business’ data centre capacity and workload, call Tridacom today at 1-877-489-0123, and one of our IT Professionals will be happy to explain the process in greater detail.

Tridacom is a Canadian IT Services and Telecommunication company with offices in Edmonton, Regina, Toronto, and Vancouver. Our team of IT Technicians have been working in the IT sector for more than 15 years, and we’ve worked with Canadian companies of all sizes to help them achieve their business goals.


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