Virtualisation lets one physical server do the work of many by sharing its resources in a clever way. This technology is based on the premise that often a server will be less than 20% utilized so why have 2 or more servers running under capacity? Replace them with one running at a greater capacity to get even more from your investment.
Installing traditional servers would typically require a separate physical machine for each server role. By utilising virtual server technology (Microsoft’s HyperV or VMWare, for example), the number of physical servers can be greatly reduced as virtual servers are consolidated on to fewer incidences of physical hardware. Virtualising servers will result in improved resource utilisation as well as reductions in real estate, power and cooling requirements. In addition to energy saving and lower capital expenses, virtualisation provides high availability of resources, increased security, and improved disaster recovery processes.
A virtualised platform is highly scalable, meaning that adding additional virtual servers as your company grows does not incur the same project, labour or capital costs as adding additional physical servers. In addition, organisations that deploy a virtualised environment will also reduce their energy consumption (and thereby reduce their carbon footprint) and improve the effectiveness of their disaster recovery plan.
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