Virtualisation is the transition from traditional IT Infrastructure to a virtualised environment, either whole or in part. I offer IT CARE offers a range of virtualisation services to meet the needs of different organisations - from small scale implementations such as the virtualisation of software applications through to large scale implementations involving the virtualisation of a server or multiple servers.
Virtualisation is ideal for organisations that are looking to simplify operations and increase resilience, and take steps towards maximising the opportunities and efficiencies offered by Cloud Computing.
A Virtual Server is a piece of software which emulates a physical server. The virtual server operates in the same way as a physical server, without the physical presence. A collection of virtual servers is known as a hypervisor – a piece of software that allows several virtualised servers to run at once. A hypervisor can be used to run a virtualised complex desktop, and makes virtual desktops accessible through a thin client.
The benefits of a Server Virtualisation, incude:
No maintenance, as the virtual server provider takes cares of upgrades, updates and servicing
Reduced energy consumption, as there is no excess power needed for physical servers, or the air conditioning needed to cool them down.
Pay as you go, rather than large expenditures associated with owning hardware and servers.
Easier to move towards Cloud Computing after installing a virtual server.
Virtualising your server makes backing up and disaster recovery much easier.
Traditionally, software applications are installed locally on a server or a desktop client. Now, with Virtual Applications, the software is no longer hosted locally and instead delivered virtually. After moving applications to a virtual environment, you can now use thin client terminals – which are cheaper, save space, and are easier to manage.
The benefit of virtualising applications, include:
Gain access to software applications from any web enabled device, at any time. It isn’t limited to the platform you access it from, Apple, Windows, Android or Blackberry.
Reduce downtime as the Cloud is constantly available, which means that virtual applications can be accessible almost 100% of the time.
Quicker and easier to implement than traditional applications.
The benefits of desktop virtualisation, include:
Access to your desktop applications anywhere from any web enabled device, at any time.
Virtual desktops are faster to load and set up, and are easier to use than its traditional counterpart.
Moving to a virtual desktop means that it’s much easier to accommodate temporary employees, contractors, and remote workers too, as virtual desktops are much easier to administer than traditional desktops.
A Virtual Desktop won’t disrupt a business’s efficiency, as a virtual version is as usable, and users won’t notice the difference between traditional and virtual desktops.
Opposed to maintaining thousands of static machine images, IT can focus on one master copy while maintaining the personalisation for each end user. This dramatically reduces maintenance efforts, and cuts data centre storage costs up to 90 percent.