Virtualization unleashes the full potential of your IT asset investment while orienting your staff away from low-gain maintenance activities and towards high-gain innovative activities. Many Enterprises have taken the first step towards realizing the full potential of Virtualization by creating initial Virtual Server Farms, thereby attaining the benefit of increased asset utilization. However, to reap the full benefit, including business enablement and operational efficiencies, NuSpective Solutions will help you create and implement a plan to expand Virtualization throughout your Data Center. Data Center Virtualization extends beyond the server; it also includes virtuzliation of your storage and files as well. Below is a brief description of each of these elements.
Compute Server Virtualization: Consolidating your Server Farm to increase asset utilization, dramatically reduce deployment time and complexity, and reduce overall IT spend is the best understood value proposition of Virtualization.
- Reduce hardware and operating costs by as much as 55%
- Reduce new server provisioning time by as much as 65%
- Save over ~$3,000 per year for every physical server virtualized
Storage Virtualization: Designing your backend Storage to take full advantage of virtualization substantially increases the value back to your business. It is requisite to take advantage of the higher level virtualization functions such as: dynamic movement of files or Virtual Machines between your physical hosts; dynamic allocation of workload between physical hosts; and centralization of your storage and server management.
Storage Virtualization eliminates key storage and data protection challenges associated with Server Virtualization so you can transform your data center into a pool of server, network, and storage resources. You can manage, monitor, and provision storage centrally same as your servers.
Some of the benefits of Storage Virtualization:
- Instantaneous backup and recovery
- Automation of the most labor-intensive data management tasks
- The ability to provision storage as fast as you provision Virtual Machines
- Data de-duplication across primary, backup, DR, and archival storage
File Virtualization: This further level of abstraction enables IT Managers to dynamically move data from and to any tier without impacting the end user’s ability to access it. File virtualization provides a layer of intelligence in your network that eliminates the inflexible mapping that typically ties clients to specific file servers. This technology decouples the logical access to files from their physical location, so files are free to move and storage devices are free to change, without disrupting your users, your applications, or your business.
File Virtualization enables the Enterprise to create policy-based management across heterogeneous storage environments. This allows you to extend the “virtualization” of your Enterprise Data regardless of where it sits in your environment – thus reducing storage expenditures and management overhead, while accelerating business workflows.