1 The Benefits of Virtualized Infrastructures
2 The Benefits of Virtualized Infrastructures It is a commonly held belief that dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years but in fact, certain outdated server dinosaurs still roam wild in IT departments across the US. In an economy where business as usual increasingly depends on technology, companies can streamline their operations and even avoid disaster shutdown through the use of virtualized infrastructures. IT infrastructures can be made to run less expensively while increasing efficiency through the use of virtualization. Working with expert IT consultants can provide organizations with expert engineering personnel armed with the most advanced software and hardware needed to perform datacenter overhauls from start to finish. This ensures that clientele never worry or get bogged down with the complexities of virtualization overhaul, and only enjoy all its benefits.
3 Costs, Time and Space Effectiveness Time and money are both valuable commodities to any company, and how they are both utilized can determine an organization s path and future. Virtualization takes the resources of several physical hardware components, consolidates and redistributes them in a virtual plane. This allows companies to reduce the amount of physical hardware they must keep onsite, thus allowing the organization to function more efficiently while using less space. This also allows for the reduction of amount of Ethernet switches needed for use by a company using VM s. Before becoming virtualized, a company may have as many as 20 servers at their location, and after virtualization may only need 5 physical servers while still keeping, at minimum, the same level of performance. Virtual consolidation will increase energy cost saving exponentially, as the average server typically run at 425 watts. A virtual infrastructure, on the other hand, is more flexible to configure than a physical one, more easily inspected and controlled, and can even be provisioned as needed without hardware purchase up-front. Even though physical servers are consolidated, operating systems of those servers are not. They instead undergo Physical-to-Virtual transformation, thus allowing the host OS not to be affected by errors that may occur in the virtual operating systems. In the case where a VM is irreparably damaged, a new VM can be installed without damage to the host system, thus saving the company the time and cost of a physical replacement. This allows companies to reduce the amount of physical hardware they must keep onsite, thus allowing the organization to function more efficiently
4 Exploiting the Benefits of Cloud Computing One of the biggest challenges that most if not all companies face is staying ahead of the technological curve. The use of cloud computing is increasing in popularity, and the use of virtual machines make taking advantage of the evolution and advancement of cloud computing much easier. Incorporating cloud infrastructure has many advantages: Transparency of IT costs. Plan Capacity while intelligently the allocation of resources and develop and evolve an IT chargeback model. Automation of operation management. Using built-in tools, companies can optimize efficiency while proactively rectifying problems, ensuring security. Automation of deployment/provisioning. Using recyclable components, companies can create new applications and deploy them quickly, usually in minutes instead of days of weeks. Complete Extensibility. Being able to add solutions from third-parties allows companies the ability to customize their environment. Cloud computing also allows for multi-tenancy which in turn does three things: Efficient utilization of systems that are typically used 10-20% of the time. Infrastructure centralization to geographic location with lower costs in energy, property, etc. Increase in peak load capacity, which allows companies the option of not designing for the maximum load levels. The use of virtual machines makes taking advantage of the evolution and advancement of cloud computing much easier
5 Disaster Recovery Disaster recovery of a virtual infrastructural environment is much simpler than a physical one, since all data is stored off site from the client s physical location. If a client s physical business structure is destroyed by fire, flood, hurricane or other natural or manmade disasters, transference of all company data to a new computer system is seamless and painless. In order to facilitate smooth disaster recovery, data back-up must be continuous and reliable, and an outside opinion from IT experts can help ensure these parameters are met. Having data back-up two, three, four or even five times a week is no longer good enough in today s world. Files are updated by companies several times an hour, and data back-up solution must be able to keep up. Tailoring a virtualized infrastructure to back up important information in real time ensures that a company s files are not only safe, but also entirely up-to-date, thus allowing an organization to be up and running much sooner after a disaster than if they were scrambling to recover lost data. IGR technology can be used to provide a highspeed, single-pass back-up of all virtual files with the ability to recover the entire guest VM to an alternate or the original location. A good virtualized infrastructure must begin with solid planning and strategy, and should be followed up with ongoing consultation with industry professionals and this is where PKA Technologies truly excels. From relational management to customer service, PKA leaves nothing to chance when providing virtualized infrastructure for organizations around the world, seeing it from initial planning stages all the way through its lifecycle. Tailoring a virtualized infrastructure to back up important information in real time ensures that a company s files are not only safe, but also entirely up-to-date
6 American businesses lose more than 8 billion dollars per year due to damages caused by viruses alone, and over 140,000 hard drives crash every week. According to the United States Labor Bureau, 93% of businesses that suffer data loss due to disaster file for bankruptcy within 5 years. Not only will getting those server dinosaurs out of the IT department help avoid this pitfall, virtualization also brings direct and measurable cost savings across many areas of day-to-day business operations. Large or small, all companies can benefit from the use of a virtualized infrastructure. PKA Technology can help by providing expert resources and top-notch IT expertise with a personal touch, tailor-making its solutions to fit each client. They understand that just as any company is unique, so are the solutions to their individual needs. According to the United States Labor Bureau, 93% of business that suffer data loss due to disaster file for bankruptcy within 5 years