Virtualization

Boost productivity, gain flexibility and improve security while dramatically cutting costs.

More than 15 million applications deployed on virtualized infrastructures and 86% of data centers virtualized by 2016 and external networks/the Internet.

Hardware - Software Virtualization

As companies grow, their IT infrastructure grows with them: additional servers, more storage, new applications, extra configurations etc.

This incremental approach to IT growth can soon grow out of hand as applications and servers begin to take up more space and more time to manage, but deliver less cost and performance benefit over time.

The average physical server in an IT environment, for example, typically operates at less than 20% its CPU capacity. In other words, 80% of your servers are effectively doing nothing for your business.

Larger businesses have been using virtualization for over a decade to improve agility and reduce costs. Now small and mid-sized business can also achieve cost savings and improved IT efficiency.

Desktop and server virtualization can help companies get more value and better performance from their hardware investments.

Virtualization separates the HW and SW layers of the IT infrastructure, creating a scalable and flexible platform that can dramatically increase performance, simplify IT management and reduce costs by as much as 50% through:

  • Increasing server CPU utilization from 15% to 80%
  • Requiring x10 less hardware
  • Launching new applications in 50% to 70% less time
  • Centralizing application and desktop management
  • Saving up to $3,000 per year for each server workload that is virtualized

IT4SME can help you virtualize your IT infrastructure today. Whether you need to virtualize a few servers or a few hundred, we will make the process virtually painless and help you realize ROI faster.

IT4SME can help you virtualize your IT infrastructure today. We're trained and certified on the industry's leading virtualization platforms and we have a proven methodology for virtualization migration that is tested and proven to work across multiple technology platforms. Whether you need to virtualize a few servers or a few hundred, we will make the process virtually painless and help you realize ROI faster.

Look to IT4SME to help you:

Assess your virtualization needs

Assess your virtualization needs to align hardware and software virtualization with your business goals and available budget.

Migrate legacy applications

Migrate legacy applications onto a virtualized environment for faster performance and less needed space

Consolidate hardware

Consolidate hardware to reduce capex and opex costs including power, cabling, cooling and maintenance

Virtualize your desktop environment

Virtualize your desktop environment across multiple and mobile devices and enjoy the benefits of higher employee productivity and centralized management

Monitor and maintain

Monitor and maintain your virtualized environment through remote managed services

Monitor and maintain

Provide disaster recovery for virtualized workloads across multiple sites using the range of all the available technologies

Server Virtualization

Server virtualization is a highly reliable technology approach that lets organizations run multiple virtual servers on each physical server, driving a reduction in the overall number of machines in a server room or data center.

Server virtualization is a highly reliable technology approach that lets organizations run multiple virtual servers on each physical server, driving a reduction in the overall number of machines in a server room or data center. By enabling faster server deployments, centralized server management, scalable resourcing, and support for diverse environments, virtualization offers you the flexibility you need to stay ahead of the technology curve. Our server virtualization services can help you take advantage of virtualization technology.

Every server in your server room or datacenter serves a valuable purpose. But most are running at far less than full capacity. In fact, at any given moment, most of your servers are probably using less than half of their maximum computing power.

Of course, regardless of how little some of your servers are being used, you still must pay to power, cool, and maintain them. Each physical server represents a line item in your operating expenses. Consolidating these servers onto fewer physical machines means you’ll save money.

Virtualization lets you separate the computing resources of each physical server from the machine itself. You can then host these resources on another physical machine – along with the resources of one or more other physical servers. Each of these virtual servers can run its own operating system, allowing you to implement and run applications as needed – and without conflicts.

Using VMWare, Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix we are capable to scale the solutions with your business demands and provide virtualization solutions that grow with your business with added value and lower Total Cost of Ownership.

Desktop Virtualization - VDI

Desktop Virtualization

Traditional desktops require your IT team to manage a wide variety of client form factors, multiple generations of operating systems, and hundreds of applications.

Traditional desktops require your IT team to manage a wide variety of client form factors, multiple generations of operating systems, and hundreds of applications. They need constant maintenance and support to repair problems and retain compliance with corporate policy.

With desktop virtualization, users enjoy the benefits of a high-definition desktop experience, they can have access from anywhere on any client device and IT team enjoy the benefits of a centralized system, with efficient updates and management, better security and cost saving.

With desktop virtualization, users enjoy the benefits of a high-definition desktop experience, they can have access from anywhere on any client device and IT team enjoy the benefits of a centralized system, with efficient updates and management, better security and cost saving. Update every user’s software from a single location, securing sensitive information, and enjoying a lower cost of ownership per user.

VDI Benefits

Work on any device.

Work on any device. Desktop Virtualization Infrastructure (VDI) delivers a consistent desktop experience regardless of the system resources of the device an employee is using. iPads, iPhones, Macs, and home PCs will now all be supported, running your company’s standard operating systems and applications without requiring your IT staff to maintain separate images. You’ll move to a model of "one image – many devices".

Work from anywhere.

Work from anywhere. VDI environments can be designed from the ground up to suit the unique needs of external users logging in from various locations throughout the world. It’s also a perfect fit for the manufacturing environment, in which workers do not sit in front of PCs most of the day and often use shared PCs to access email, update statuses, order additional material, and report problems.

Minimize IT support required.

Minimize IT support required. With VDI, you can avoid costs for additional IT support staff, IT labs, and new computers while increasing productivity from onsite and remote workers alike. Need to deploy an application update? Just do it once on your centralized VDI images, and users will get it on the next login.

Protect intellectual property.

Protect intellectual property. Safeguarding intellectual property is easier when the data doesn’t live on hundreds or thousands of different endpoints. By using VDI, organizations can control data in the data center, while still providing ubiquitous access to end users.

Enhance disaster recovery.

Enhance disaster recovery. Because all desktops are stored on central servers, not on individual machines, VDI allows for better business continuity and disaster recovery. If you lose one site, you can simply restore your VDI desktop environment in another location (with your restored servers and data). Users will be able to get back up and running quickly and easily, regardless of their physical location.

Leverage your IT investments.

Leverage your IT investments. Because the computing in VDI environments is done on the server, not on the client machine, the system requirements for your client machines are minimal. This means you can continue to use aging desktops until they break down, rather than constantly buying new machines just to keep up with your software. In addition, because desktop virtualization can use the same infrastructure as an existing server virtualization implementation, you can essentially earn two paybacks on the same investment.

IT4SME helps organizations move forward and eliminate the challenges of traditional desktop management. We’ll work with you to understand your users’ workstation environment and quickly prepare a strategy to transition your legacy user environment into a virtualized scalable infrastructure that you can build upon.

DVI vs DaaS

If you've deployed virtual desktops, you probably have them hosted in your data center. But as trust in cloud services grows, there's also the possibility of hosting desktops in the cloud.

Known as Desktop as a Service (DaaS), this approach allows IT to outsource virtual desktops to a cloud service provider. You probably assume that DaaS and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) are very different, but they actually share most of the same benefits: simpler desktop management, less hardware and increased flexibility and mobility. Desktop as a Service has its own challenges, though, including security, licensing and data control.

To explore the similarities and differences between data center-hosted and cloud-hosted desktops, please take a look at the article on TeachTarget named "VDI vs. DaaS: How are cloud-hosted desktops different?"

VDI vs DaaS

Storage Virtualization

Storage virtualization allows you to unlock the potential of your existing physical infrastructure. Consolidating some of your storage onto fewer, larger systems, can gain ever greater benefits: smaller footprint and lower energy costs (reduced power, cooling) for lower TCO.

Storage virtualization allows you to unlock the potential of your existing physical infrastructure. By creating a storage pool using existing physical storage devices and storage residing on your servers, you can free up unused storage space, streamline your data storage capabilities, bolster backup, archive and recover processes, and gain centralized management of a virtual storage area network (vSAN) via single-pane-of-glass tools. Consolidating some of your storage onto fewer, larger systems, can gain ever greater benefits: smaller footprint and lower energy costs (reduced power, cooling) for lower TCO.

There are three types of storage virtualization:

  • Host-based storage virtualization
  • Network-based storage virtualization
  • Array/appliance-based storage virtualization
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