The benefits of server virtualisation explained.

Monday, 27 July 2015

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.



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Formed in 1999 Red Mosquito provide a complete one-stop technical consultancy service offering managed services IT support, computer maintenance, computer networking and Cloud Services to businesses in Scotland and beyond. We operate as a complete outsourced IT department dealing with all of the day to day administration and configuration of our client's systems.

Based at our Operations Centre in Glasgow and in Edinburgh, we're in the business of providing top quality IT services driven by our passion for technology. Our team of experienced IT support engineers operates throughout Scotland keeping your servers and desktop computers running smoothly so that you can concentrate on what's really important - your business.

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