Experts in Server Virtualization and Server Migrations
It’s no secret that Virtualization offers huge benefits; lower operating costs, hardware savings, simplified management, better and easier disaster recovery, and less downtime. However, there are different virtual solutions and approaches that you can choose for your organization. Here at DeployP2V we help by examining your existing infrastructure a devise a plan that helps streamline your current environment and introduce you to alternatives for getting the most out of infrastructure. At the same time reduce your overall cost in power consumption, hardware maintenance and storage space. The extra benefit would be that you would be reducing your emissions and providing green technology to your organization
WHAT IS VIRTUALIZATION AND WHY USE IT
Virtualization is a method of running multiple independent virtual operating systems on a single physical computer. It is a way of maximizing physical resources to maximize the investment in hardware.Since Moore’s law has accurately predicted the exponential growth of computing power and hardware requirements for the most part have not changed to accomplish the same computing tasks, it is now feasible to turn a very inexpensive 1U dual-socket dual-core commodity server into eight or even 16 virtual servers that run 16 virtual operating systems. Virtualization technology is a way of achieving higher server density. However, it does not actually increase total computing power; it decreases it slightly because of overhead. But since a modern $3,000 2-socket 4-core server is more powerful than a $30,000 8-socket 8-core server was four years ago, we can exploit this newly found hardware power by increasing the number of logical operating systems it hosts. This slashes the majority of hardware acquisition and maintenance costs that can result in significant savings for any company or organization.
PHYSICAL TO VIRTUAL SERVER MIGRATION
Any respectable virtualization solution will offer some kind of P2V (Physical to Virtual) migration tool. The P2V tool will take an existing physical server and make a virtual hard drive image of that server with the necessary modifications to the driver stack so that the server will boot up and run as a virtual server. The benefit of this is that you don’t need to rebuild your servers and manually reconfigure them as a virtual server — you simply suck them in with the entire server configuration intact!
So if you have a data center full of aging servers running on sub-GHz servers, these are the perfect candidates for P2V migration. You don’t even need to worry about license acquisition costs because the licenses are already paid for. You could literally take a room with 128 sub-GHz legacy servers and put them into eight 1U dual-socket quad-core servers with dual-Gigabit Ethernet and two independent iSCSI storage arrays all connected via a Gigabit Ethernet switch. The annual hardware maintenance costs alone on the old server hardware would be enough to pay for all of the new hardware! Just imagine how clean your server room would look after such a migration. It would all fit inside of one rack and give you lots of room to grow.
As an added bonus of virtualization, you get a disaster recovery plan because the virtualized images can be used to instantly recover all your servers. Ask yourself what would happen now if your legacy server died. Do you even remember how to rebuild and reconfigure all of your servers from scratch? (I’m guessing you’re cringing right about now.) With virtualization, you can recover that Active Directory and Exchange Server in less than an hour by rebuilding the virtual server from the P2V image.