Do you feel bloated? Weighed down and unable to move?
It’s not you. It’s your servers.
They’re suffering from outdated server syndrome, symptoms of which include a plethora of operating systems and applications bound to their own individual servers, inability to migrate operating systems and applications to new servers, and, a MAJOR amount of unused space.
There is a cure, however, and treatment is relatively painless.
It’s called server virtualization.*
*It’s also called server modernization, hyper-convergence or hyper-converge architecture, but server utilization is the most commonly used term, so we’ll stick with it.
Server virtualization is essentially consolidation. Several smaller servers are virtually partitioned within one large physical server, which is outfitted with technology that allows the smaller servers it contains to run unique operating systems without conflict.
The technology, called a hypervisor, also allows you to move operating systems and applications around instantaneously
Think of it this way: imagine you have five baskets, and each basket contains one apple. (You have to carry all of the apples separately because they are sensitive and will get bruised if they bump into each other.)
But wouldn’t it be so much easier to carry all five apples in only one basket?
Of course it would.
This is the solution server virtualization provides. It puts all your apples (virtual servers containing operating systems or applications) in one basket (physical server) and keeps them safe from colliding with one another. It also reduces wasted space, given that you hardly need one basket to carry one apple.
If you have a minute, watch this intro-level video about server virtualization. It’s really helpful.
If you haven’t upgraded your severs yet, we strongly encourage you to do so. Here are just a few of the benefits:
In addition to tidying things up, server virtualization saves bucko bucks. Physical servers need power, cooling, and constant maintenance, all of which cost time and money. Virtualization allows you to run multiple environments side by side on a much lower number of physical servers, which means lesser utility costs and less manpower.
Reducing your carbon footprint isn’t just good for your budget; it’s also good for the environment. It’s also, depending on your brand, an opportunity to attract customers who value green technology, and make them feel better about doing business with you.
In the olden days (like 10 years ago), if you installed an operating system (Windows, iOS, etc.) on a physical server, the operating system was bound to that hardware on which you installed it. If you tried installing another operating system on the same server, you’d crash the whole thing. With a virtualized server, however, you can run multiple operating systems from the same server, and migrate operating systems to new servers instantaneously.
Hyper-converged servers are more reliable than traditional servers. There is less chance of a physical malfunction, simply because, well, less hardware is being used.
Server virtualization is the #1 way to run an efficient IT environment. It literally is doing more with less…and better too.
The process typically takes two or three weeks to complete, but after that, you’ll be a lean, mean IT machine.
Considering upgrading your servers?
Anyone organization with more than on server is an excellent candidate. Call ECS today for a free 30-minute consultation on server virtualization. We’d love to hear from you and answer your questions.