What is a virtual network or virtualization? Simply put, it’s the process of creating a virtual, rather than physical, version of something. Virtualization can apply to computers, operating systems, storage devices, applications, or networks. However, server virtualization is at the heart of it.
Virtualization uses specialized software to simulate the existence of hardware and create a virtual computer system. Doing this allows businesses to run more than one virtual system – and multiple operating systems and applications -- on a single server. This can provide increased economies of scale and greater efficiency.
The majority of a typical IT budget in a non-virtualized network is used for simply maintaining the existing infrastructure, leaving limited resources for innovation and upgrades. Many businesses are adopting server virtualization to consolidate multiple servers, lower energy costs, and increase management control of IT resources. Virtualization projects are one of the most compelling ways that IT organizations are dramatically capital expenditures and budgets. Implementing a VMware infrastructure will offer a good deal of return on investment.
Server virtualization enables the consolidation of processing, storage and network resources into one large virtual pool that administrators can provision on the fly to set up and tear down network services as needed. This consolidation design reduces the number of physical servers and the associated power, space and cooling requirements to lower IT costs.
CST recommends the use of VMware virtualization technology for server virtualization designs. We offer assessment, design, strategy, planning and implementation services to optimize your infrastructure investment. Our VMware engineers can evaluate your workloads and environment to design and deploy a virtualization strategy that provide long term efficiency improvements.
CST's proven VMware virtualization infrastructure services can help you properly architect your IT infrastructure for your virtual environment – whether you're launching any combination of network, server, or storage virtualization. For a no-cost initial consultation to discover if VMware makes sense for your business, please contact us - 515-270-5300 or complete the brief form at the right