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Virtualization - Why should I care?

IS YOUR SERVER FARM EATING YOUR PROFITS?

Many of your servers are probably underutilized and each Underutilized Server’s Resources are unavailable to those Overloaded.

Isn't it time to consider Virtualization?

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BCC can help you to Architect your Virtualization Strategy

What Is Virtualization?

Forms of Virtualization
Why does Virtualization exist?
Multiple Applications on a single hardware
It’s a Green solution
Server or Workstation
Reasons for Virtualizing
A Virtual Solution
Server Consolidation

There are various forms of Virtualization:
  • Server or Workstation
  • Networks
  • Disk
  • Applications
Why does Virtualization exist?
  • … and why is it the hottest item since sliced bread?
  • The answer is simple – It can save money!
  • Easily affordable hardware resources have outstripped the performance level required by applications.
  • This has created a surplus of performance which is available to be used.
  • An obvious way is to allow multiple applications to run on a single physical device.

Multiple Applications on a single piece of hardware

  • The easiest way to handle this is to implement a way of simulating complete computers as software, thereby sharing the excess hardware.
  • Another way would be to create a sandboxed environment for a specific application, thus allowing multiple, separate instances, to coexist.
  • Or one can use both of the above at the same time.

It’s a Green solution

  • Cost of hardware – one needs fewer physical machines
  • Cost of running - fewer machines mean less:
    • Physical space is needed.
    • Electricity is used.
    • Cooling is required.
    • UPS power used.
  • Fewer maintenance contracts.

Server or Workstation

  • This is a machine level of virtualization.
  • A complete machine is implemented in software , rather than as a physical device.
  • Resources are not locked in silos! 
  • Pooled Resources are available as and when required.
    • Need more processor power? – it’s available from the pool
    • Need more memory? – it’s available from the pool
  • Previously one machine would be using 10% of its processor availability while another maxed out.
  • Previously one machine would be dying due to too small a memory, while another idled.

Reasons for Virtualizing

  • Server Consolidation
  • Server Sandboxing
  • Disaster Recovery
  • 100% Uptime
  • Ease of Machine Deployment
  • Ease of Machine Hardware Maintenance
  • Immunity from Hardware Changes
  • Maximize Return On Investment
  • Better Risk Management

A Virtual Solution

               Host Machine     Host Machine   

Two Physical machines hosting 12 Virtual machines

Server Consolidation

  • This is normally given as the biggest plus as it saves cost.
  • As with anything, it must be implemented judiciously.
  • Works best where servers have been implemented for specific applications, thus creating a large farm.
  • Some Virtualization software will deploy virtual machines to the least used hardware.  Automatically.
  • Taking a Host offline will cause Virtual machines to migrate to the other Hosts.  Automatically.
  • Physical machines can be taken down and repaired without affecting the business