Virtualisation allows you to run multiple virtual machines on a single physical machine. Each virtual machine shares the combined resources of one physical computer, resulting in the most efficient use of equipment.
Different virtual machines can run different operating systems and multiple applications on the same physical computer; a huge benefit for businesses wanting to use both Microsoft and Linux technologies.
For infrastructure outsourcing, virtualisation is used to improve utilisation of resources, speed of delivery and automation.
Server consolidation is achieved by converting a large number of physical servers to virtual machines (VMs) that are centrally stored and managed on fewer servers. This allows for dynamic deployment based on the available resources.
By consolidating these workloads using server virtualisation, your business is fully supported with less hardware, resulting in lower costs with increased flexibility.
Virtualisation also forms a key layer of cloud computing infrastructures. UKFast Enterprise offers dedicated virtual servers with our dedicated private cloud.
VMware or Hyper-V?
Our solutions architects will work with you to determine the best server virtualisation solution for your requirements.
Microsoft virtualisation with Hyper-V was been built into the latest server release; Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft is a relatively late entrant to the virtualisation market, but Hyper-V perfectly complements its other technologies in the stack.
VMWare's latest cloud infrastructure, powered by vSphere, includes Enterprise Plus which provides an expanded set of capabilities. vSphere 5 was announced in July 2011 and will be available soon.
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