Server Virtu-what?

Until recently, as a company grew, they would put a new server in their server rack, and hand their IT provider another check. However, the real cost becomes apparent later on. Each added server consumes more electricity, requires more cooling and a bigger battery backup, makes more noise, adds complexity to the network, requires more time to maintain, and more spare parts laying around your server room.

Before you replace your server table with a half-height server rack, or that with a full-size rack, stop. Virtualization enables one computer to run multiple operating systems simultaneously. Translation? Your hardware, power, and cooling costs will drop significantly!

A diagram that attempts to explain server virtualization.

Case Study in Virtualization: Vectro Networks

In early 2012, we ate our own dog food by replacing our three servers with a single HP ProLiant DL360 G6 running VMware vSphere 5. Not only did we consolidate everything, but we had enough resources available to add five more virtual servers for free!

Stacked bar chart: virtualization reduced our power draw by 87 percent.

Our old setup of ProLiant G3 and G4 servers drew 1,325 watts. Our new setup only draws 178 watts. That's an 87% reduction in power, saving us almost $1,400 per year, and the boss couldn't be happier!

Why should I bother?

Virtualization lets your infrastructure perform the same amount of work with fewer computers. Instead of having one file server, one mail server, two domain controllers, and one Remote Desktop server, you can consolidate these and run all five servers virtually from a single physical server.

Rather than use five servers at about 20% load, virtualization lets you use one server at full capacity. Not virtualizing is like buying a ten-room house and ignoring nine of them. Plus, reducing the number of servers results in massive power savings, lower cooling requirements, and by putting in a new server, less noise.

Plus, if your company grows and needs another server, you don't need to buy another piece of hardware. Just call us and we'll make a new virtual server with just a few button presses.

  • Reduce the number of physical servers in your organization, which…
    • …lowers your power bill.
    • …quiets down your server room.
    • …requires less cooling, which reduces your power bill more.
  • Use your hardware to its fullest potential.
  • Provide redundancy against server failures or network outages.
  • Let you add new servers without buying hardware.

Save money: consider a virtual infrastructure for your next upgrade.

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