Over the past decade, Server virtualisation has enabled businesses to leverage the agile nature of virtual servers; applications are no longer bound by the physical constraints of a server’s chassis and can move between diverse locations in their guise as a file.
The mainframe market has enjoyed virtualisation for many years, now widely accepted in the Open Systems community; storage, network, server, applications, desktops and backup technologies leverage the plethora of benefits virtualisation provide Information Technology.
If the social networks and search engines have taught us anything, it is that – ‘agility eats strategy every time’. The big corporations no longer consume the small; it is the fast which consume the slow – adapting to new markets and customer requirements, via agile platforms, allows nimble minded organisations to capitalise on emerging markets with no fear of strategic repercussions.
In the virtual world, a large DB Server can be transformed into 50 web servers with minimal human intervention and most importantly remotely. Minimising downtime and increasing disaster recovery capabilities, application agility and maximising infrastructure utilisation are very compelling reasons to lean towards virtualisation and realising the ROI and TCO it presents.
The ‘Cloud’ is enabled through virtualisation, it is not feasible to commission a separate server, network or storage device for each customer, and therefore multi-tenancy via shared infrastructure rules the cloud. Utility based consumption can enhance the virtualisation proposition, providing a mechanism upon which elasticity modelling can be applied to billing, paying for what you or your customers use.
Whether you choose an internal or external virtualisation strategy, or even a hybrid of the two, Vohkus are ideally suited to accompany you on your journey through the virtual world.