A server is a software or hardware that manages network resources and is used for everything from serving emails to hosting websites. Physical servers normally occupy buildings known as data centers. Since the space in these structures is limited, only so many servers can fit in a given data center. Along with cost, these are among the biggest flaws that come with physical servers.
Cost and space make it difficult, if not impossible, to justify dedicating an entire server to every single client that needs one. Fortunately, there’s a solution to this problem … server virtualization. Through server virtualization, you can turn one physical server into multiple virtual ones. As a result, you can exponentially increase the number of servers available to you.
Before we get into the advantages of virtualization, it’s important to know what it is and how it works. As stated previously, server virtualization is the conversion of a single physical server into multiple virtual servers. This is made possible through the use of virtualization software that partitions (or divides) the physical server into several virtual servers. These virtual servers run the same copy of the operating system (OS) and can operate independently of each other.
This solution has been revolutionary for data centers, as virtualization software allows administrators to multiply their available computing environments. What this means is you’re getting the most from each of your servers, ultimately lowering the number of servers you need and saving much-needed space. In addition, virtualization can offer benefits like:
- Reduced Energy Costs
- Lower Hardware Costs
- Increased Efficiency
- Faster Deployment
To best fulfill your virtualization needs, Stability Networks offers two types of software for server virtualization. One of the solutions we offer is called Microsoft Hyper V. This software lets you create virtual hard drives, virtual switches, and a variety of other virtual devices. These virtual devices can all be added to the virtual server. Hyper V benefits include:
- Ability to establish or expand a private cloud: Microsoft virtualization allows you to move or expand your use of shared resources. It also allows you to adjust how the server is used as demand changes.
- Efficiency: By consolidating servers and workloads onto fewer machines, you’re able to use those machines more effectively.
- Multiple testing environments: Hyper V allows you to reproduce different computing environments without having to buy more hardware, making development cheaper and easier.
- Improve business continuity: Minimize the impact of scheduled and unscheduled downtime by switching from one virtual server to an identical one.
The other type of virtualization software that Stability Networks offers is called VMware. Both pieces of software have their own benefits and applications. Which brand is right for your business depends on the needs of your business, and we can determine that based on your existing software. Benefits of VMware include:
- Elimination of server sprawl: Creating multiple virtual machines eliminates the need for administrators to over-allocate server resources to meet demand.
- Backup and data protection: VMware offers robust backup and data protection options, reducing the risk of data loss.
- Moving running virtual servers: VMware’s vMotion feature gives you the ability to move a running virtual machine from one host to another.
- Server copies: In addition to being able to move virtual servers, you can also copy them as easily as copying a file.
Through server virtualization, you can turn one physical server into multiple virtual ones. As a result, you can exponentially increase the number of servers available to you.
Stability Networks is always working hard to provide our clients with the best solutions available. To do so, our team uses its expertise to offer solutions that make sense for your business. If you need a virtual server solution, our highly trained technicians can monitor, maintain, and keep the data in your server safe and secure. If you would like to learn more about our server virtualization services, give us a call today!