Virtualization of servers and desktops is now widespread. It is the single most effective way to save on your IT server costs.
Virtualization allows you to run multiple operating systems – servers and desktops on a single hardware server.
Virtualization has significant advantages:
- Efficient use of hardware – for example running multiple computers on a single physical box
- Saves $$$ – save on power costs, hardware costs, warranties etc.
- Ease and speed of recovery, even on different hardware – this is especially important for servers
- Ease of administration
- Better performance with fewer resources than just a physical machine
OJ Networks has extensive experience with Microsoft Hyper V and Virtual Machines, but we can also work with VMware and Virtual Box. Our recommended standard scenario for Microsoft Servers is to utilise the free virtual licence to run them as a virtual server on Hyper V. This can expand out to include a virtual Terminal Server on the same physical server if required. The main advantages of this design are fast disaster recovery and performance. Gone are the days of racks of servers or multiple towers. One powerful server is all that is required for most businesses requiring virtualisation.
We have also implemented virtual workstations to deliver dedicated functions for clients. One example is a Microsoft VM running Outlook to do automatic scheduling of appointments from a company website – no extra hardware required as this is all the virtual PC does.
Call us to see if virtualization could help your business.