News - Can you afford *NOT* to Virtualize your infrastructure?
Everyones talking about it, some are doing it but many are still sceptical of the value of virtualization…
LETN’s Service Delivery Manager states the facts as they are today below…
“Being responsible for the day to day running of our managed service customers critical systems we do not recommend change lightly. It was therefore a must for LETN to rigorously test the virtualization concept with some of our customers that hit their hardware hard on a regular basis.
At first glance there are savings to be made with consolidation (something for the FD to smile about) by running more “virtual” servers on a single physical server. This has some obvious benefits in utilization (your money works harder) space, power and heat reduction. There is an argument that it is unwise to put all your eggs in one basket but our tests show that by virtualizing critical servers we are able to make them very portable(see LETN’s RDRS service for more information on this).
Failed hardware no longer means a time consuming server rebuild from scratch with lengthy tape restores, a replacement server can be loaded with VM Ware very quickly and the backup copy of the Virtual Server simply pushed back and restarted. The Enterprise version of ESX Server from VM Ware has some High Availability features that allows for this to be automated when multiple physical servers are present effectively delivering cheap business continuity.
All of the benefits we have demonstrated in our tests also appear to be very scalable with strong arguments for SME’s and large Corporate’s alike. The SME benefits from cost effective use of their hardware and a cheap business continuity solution. For businesses with large server estates the savings can quickly scale up into some very attractive numbers, especially since Collocation space and power is rising in cost so quickly.
To summarize, I can see that pretty much every business will see some benefit from virtualization, with some reaping large cost savings, others implementing cost effective business continuity or a blend of both. It is therefore something that should be on the agenda for everyone’s 2008 budgets.”
For more information on virtualization or to discuss whether it is right for you business contact LETN presales on 01189070070 and hit option one.
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