Virtual Data Center
iConvergence has the staff and expertise to provide our clients with access to the latest Server, Desktop and Storage Virtualization solutions. IT managers with companies of every size are seeing the merits of reducing their server footprint while at the same time improving their ability to manage their server infrastructure. “Consolidation” and “ease of management” are the buzzwords for a growing number of companies that are looking to deploy virtual desktops and virtual storage. We can help you get there.
The concept of virtualization has been around since mainframes ruled the computer world. Running two or more operating systems and their associated applications as “virtual machines” on one single physical server can significantly improve resource utilization. In the last 10 years, virtualization has blossomed because of the efficiencies it offers companies of any size.
From a cost perspective, virtualization can decrease capital expenses because you can reduce your server count. You can also reduce operating expenses because maintenance and administration costs are lower. And because virtualization simplifies your IT infrastructure, your IT staff can be more responsive. You can quickly supply new capabilities to your organization, which is especially important in a fast-changing economy.
Some of virtualization’s technical advantages include:
Standardization – Virtualization software runs on industry-standard AMD and Intel x86-based hosts, no matter what operating system you use.
Resource Accessibility – Virtualization offers access to all physical server resources, including CPU, memory, storage, networking and peripherals — even components that reside on other networked servers and devices.
Efficiency – Because multiple virtual machines can be run on a single server, you can optimize the utilization of your hardware.
Mobility – Because each virtual machine is contained in its own software “compartment,” virtual machines can be provisioned, copied, backed up and restored as easily as any other software, even when the machines are running other processes. This allows system managers to maintain availability and reduce costly downtime.
Flexibility – By encapsulating legacy operating systems into a virtual machine, the IT team can continue to support older, mission-critical applications but not have to maintain separate older, slower servers running proprietary operating systems or systems that are no longer supported.
Speed – Without having to deploy a physical server for each new application, IT can quickly test and then deploy new applications.