The benefits of server virtualisation explained.
A Guide to Server Virtualisation - What’s to Gain?
As an IT managed services provider (MSP) with IT support customers from Edinburgh to Inverness to Ayrshire we are asked a lot about how our customers can run a suitably reliable IT system while saving money. Our answer? - server virtualisation can save businesses of any size both time and money. If you have separate physical servers running your email system and databases, serving files and handling backup, the chances are that some or all of this equipment is seriously under-utilised - consuming energy, demanding cooling and wasting time in admin. By contrast, a modern server with a dual, quad or eight-core processor can handle all of these tasks and more, requiring only one power supply, less cooling and less valuable administration time. Red Mosquito’s team of technical experts are skilled in the design, implementation and support of virtualised servers to allow you to realise the full range of benefits:
- Improve efficiency and reduce ongoing costs
- Reduce and contain server numbers
- Go green - fewer servers, less electricity
- Faster server provisioning
- Help improve security
- Reduce hardware vendor lock-in
- Reduce downtime
- Reduce the time spent on routine tasks
- Simplify backup and disaster recovery
- Simplify the move to the cloud
What Equipment Do I Need?
The quick answer is: less than you might think. Several virtual servers will happily run on a quad-core server class processor with plenty of RAM and a high-speed RAID storage system. Of course, for future expansion you might want to implement a server solution with room for more hard drives, RAM or processors. Red Mosquito partners with Dell Computers to provide robust and cost-effective solutions suitable for virtualising servers for any application. We have the know-how to offer you the complete procurement service to get you started.
Balancing the Benefits
Balance the benefits of virtualisation against the risks and in most cases the advantages win out. If your current servers are reaching end-of-life then using virtualisation will save your business money up-front, and carry on saving cash long-term.
Red Mosquito have the skills to help you start the virtualisation process now.
For more information or to set up an initial meeting please contact our IT support Glasgow office on 0141 348 7950 or contact us using our enquiry form.