Through virtualization techniques and strategies, Zephyr Networks has helped clients cut costs while taking better advantage of their available technological resources. Through virtualization techniques, you can run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single machine. In the 1990s, VMware planted the seeds for the current virtualization boom, and the approaches of the company continue to balance the cutting edge with the sensible and cost-effective.
Businesses everywhere are being asked to do more with less, and the name of the game today is resource utilization. Virtualization technologies offer a direct and readily quantifiable means of achieving these goals. Zephyr Networks understands that the key to a virtualization solution is effective management. By helping our clients design their virtualization solution and installing what is needed, Zephyr Networks is set-up as the perfect ongoing manager with the experience and expertise needed to ensure stability.
Virtualization demonstrates tangible benefits, broadening its value to a company at each step of the process. Server consolidation tends to be the first step taken. Industry analysts report that between 60 percent and 80 percent of IT departments choose to focus on server consolidation projects. By reducing the numbers and types of servers that support their business applications, companies save money and reduce their energy footprint. Less power consumption brought on by the fuller use of underutilized computing resources translates into higher profitability and productivity.
After the first step of server consolidation, other virtualization-enabled features and capabilities worth considering: high availability, disaster recovery and workload balancing. Zephyr Networks helps our client to employ clustering, partitioning, workload management and other virtualization techniques. The overall goal is to better position your company to respond to the changing demands your business places on those resources. Virtualization also can support a cross-platform office. It is not uncommon for offices that run mostly Macs to need to run one or two Windows-only programs; in this case, virtual software can be an affordable, easy way to do this.
There are three basic categories of virtualization:
- Network Virtualization combines computing resources in a network by splitting the available bandwidth into independent channels that can be assigned in real-time.
- Server Virtualization lets one server do the job of multiple servers, reducing costs and improving productivity.
- Application-Desktop Virtualization takes advantage of Google Drive, Google Apps and other online application resources.
VMware, by far the most popular virtualization software vendor in terms of range of offerings, market share, and expertise, offers everything from enterprise-level product suites to help manage and virtualize data centers to a free VMware Player that allows you to create and use virtual machines. VMware also offers virtual appliances, virtual machines you can download for free. VMware additionally provides technical resources for setting up and using its various products. VMware products run on both Windows and Unix/Linux variants, as well as on Mac.
Depending on your IT architecture, the nature of your work, and your IT budget, virtualization software can offer a variety of advantages.
One of the primary benefits of virtualization software is that it allows you to increase the scale of your server infrastructure without purchasing additional pieces of hardware. Managing virtual machines is a lot easier than managing “real” machines, since hardware upgrades, for example, can be done using a management console application. As a result, no longer do you need to power down the machine, install the hardware, verify the change, and then power up again. Virtual machines can also interact with one another in virtual networks, allowing you to test server-client applications virtually.
If you want to know about what virtualization solutions would work best for your company, please contact Zephyr Networks for a free consultation. Our goal is not only to help your company embrace the cost-effective innovations of virtualization, but to continue to support and mange your IT needs as your company continue to grow and expand.