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Server virtualization allows users to maximize physical resources in the most efficient way possible. Server virtualization functions by running multiple, independent, virtual operating systems on a single computer.
Server virtualization transforms hardware into software, creating a virtual hardware resource on an x86-based server that incorporates CPU, RAM and hard drives.
Server virtualization can help you to:
When evaluating the implementation of a server virtualization solution, it's important to discuss:
An effective server virtualization solution requires the following technology considerations:
The most popular server virtualization platform, Hypervisor, runs without the use of any general-purpose operating system. An alternative platform known as hosted virtualization requires an operating system underneath the virtualization software.
While it's possible to use existing server hardware, most companies upgrade to achieve increased processing speeds and memory capacity. Server hardware choices include: rack or blade; 2-way, high-end, or or 16 way servers or Intel or AMD based processors.
To gain maximum functionality of your virtualization environment, shared storage must be deployed. Storage protocols include fibre channel, iSCSI, and NFS. Drive options include SATA and SAS drives as well as interconnect technology which includes SAS and fibre channel.
Understanding your network environment is key as certain server virtualization features now require Gigabit connectivity. New technologies like Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) can reduce the number of Ethernet connections per server.
Software licensing is often the most misunderstood component of a server virtualization deployment. Every platform licenses software and each operating system has its own licensing rules. Working with a knowledgeable licensing specialist will help you ensure compliance.
In any server virtualization solution, multiple components will need to work together. Most server virtualization platforms require a support purchase with each software license.
Your Sanforce Account Manager and certified storage specialists are ready to assist you with every phase of choosing and leveraging the right server virtualization solution for your IT environment. Our approach includes:
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