Our virtual server solution is uniquely scalable and offers bespoke options for your specific storage processing requirements. We offer this off our VMWare platform in Johannesburg and Cape Town
Most of us are familiar with cloud-based systems to some degree and are using them in one way or another. Still, “the cloud” is just part of a bigger picture – a technology that has become increasingly popular known as virtualization.
What is virtualization?
Virtualization is the act of migrating physical systems into a virtual environment. In other words, it is the creation of a virtual version of a device or resource; anything from a server to an operating system. By providing a virtual view of computing resources, you are able to run multiple operating systems and applications on a single computer or server. This means increased productivity achieved by fewer servers.
When to virtualize?
Virtualization can be a solution for many businesses, but not for all. The key is to know exactly when to virtualize. Here are four situations where a business could virtualize systems:
- Virtualize if you rely on technology – Companies that rely on technology often use several servers and technology from hardware like laptops and networks. Basically, if your company needs technology to operate, virtualization can help you reduce the overall operation costs.
- Virtualize if your company exceeds 20 employees – Many tech experts agree that there is no need for virtualization if you have a business with less than 10-20 employees. With that number, traditional servers are usually enough to cater to your needs.
- Virtualize if you can cover the costs – While virtualization is meant to reduce costs, like any modern technology it requires an initial investment. The cost of virtualization can be high for smaller businesses to implement, however you do have the option of working with an IT partner like us. We can help you realize cost-savings or even a Return On Investment (ROI).
- Virtualize if you want space – Certain business operators throw away a big chunk of their money on an extra room to house large server racks, wires or even IT personnel to maintain them. The issue here is the cost of maintenance, as well as limited office space. In this situation, virtualization can help make better use of space while reducing hardware costs.
Benefits of Virtualization
Virtualization can increase IT agility, flexibility, and scalability while creating significant cost savings. Further benefits include:
- Greater workload mobility.
- Flexibility to scale capacity up and down when needed.
- Increased performance and availability of resources.
- Reduced capital and operating costs.
- Minimized or eliminated downtime.
- Resource monitoring, allowing you to view resource utilisation in real-time.
- Increased IT productivity, efficiency, agility, and responsiveness.
- Faster provisioning of applications and resources.
- Greater business continuity and disaster recovery.
- Simplified data center management.
- Availability of a true Software-Defined Data Center..
Network Platforms virtual servers are delivered on our enterprise-grade managed platform. We use VMware is one of our preferred a virtualization product, Network Platforms is a VMware Certified Partner. Our virtual environment is hosted on a number of servers, multiple SAN’s and a 10Gbps switching fabric.
Our Virtual Server features include:
- Enterprise infrastructure and redundancies
- Unmetered and uncontended bandwidth
- Ability to monitor server resources and set notification threshold alerts
- Access to bandwidth utilisation via our monitoring system
- Ability to scale infrastructure on the fly
- No capital expenditure outlay
- Less internal support
- Support for multiple operating systems (various Linux flavours, latest Windows server, and cloud-hosted routers)
- High-performance SSD’s
- Multiple geographic locations – Choice of local and the UK.
- Patch management
Our optional services include:
- Disaster recovery – live replication (virtual to virtual, physical to virtual)
- Cloud backup
- Firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS)
- AD management
- SQL clustering and management
- Remote desktop access