Server Virtualisation

Most companies today have decided that if they are going to undertake a new server project, server virtualisation is the way forward - it is one of the most effective methods to save costs, consolidate hardware, increase the availability of business applications, and improve agility within an organisation’s infrastructure.


Server virtualisation is a proven technology that enables multiple virtual machines to run on a single physical server.  Each virtual machine is completely isolated from other machines and is decoupled from the underlying host by a thin layer of software known as a hypervisor.  This allows each virtual machine to run different operating systems and applications.  Because the machines have been decoupled from the underlying host, the guest can also be moved from one physical server host to another while running; this is known as live migration.  These attributes are transforming how organisations approach virtual computing. 


Microsoft Hyper-V Server provides a simplified virtualisation solution:

Key features include dynamic memory, live migration, host clustering and Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) support – adding flexibility to consolidated servers.


Cost benefits include:


  • Reduced hardware costs - with fewer physical servers required, also lowering expenses associated with space, power and cooling
  • Reduced operational costs – with a reduction in the number of servers to be supported and managed


Other benefits include:


  • Simpler, faster deployment
  • The ability to scale dynamically with the needs of your organisation, quickly responding to and deploying changes in business requirements


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