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How Server Virtualization And Network Management Can Serve Your Purpose
A Contributed Article by Deney Dentel, CEO at Nordisk Systems Inc.

Server virtualization essentially means that the workload on the server is not being controlled from a specific piece of hardware and that a single machine can handle several pieces of work. Server virtualization may not be a new trend in server management but it is certainly new for many companies who have still not moved onto virtual servers. Server virtualization coupled with network management can provide a number of benefits such as energy savings, desktop provisioning and reduction in size of data center, increased uptime and better disaster recovery.

Let us have a closer look at how server virtualization and network management can serve your purpose:

Managing service provider costs

It is pretty obvious to carry out a cost benefit analysis while buying a server that doesn't return the investment. A virtual server can enable the data centre to consolidate the requirements of the server to lesser systems that are more powerful individually. This not only results in fewer hardware requirements but also in less software needs of the system. All these requirements would have had to be fulfilled by the service provider if you had not resorted to server virtualization.

Go virtual

In the world of physical servers, data centers had to frequently consolidate applications. While such a system was good for minimizing the number of physical servers, it led to application incompatibilities. By going virtual, you can place your applications on dedicated operating systems of a virtual server to obviate any compatibility issues. Such a facility also allows you to provision a virtual machine for the exact amount of disk access and memory, they being two primary resource areas in virtualization.

Switching to network management

Network management results in the ability to manage a number of pieces of hardware and software. For instance, settings of the system and software can be altered quickly to meet demands, policies can be set based on the demands and timely alerts can sent out in case of an unauthorized access.

Faster Server Provisioning and Deployment

There can be no finer pleasure than providing a virtual machine to a requestor almost instantaneously. Server virtualization provides such elastic ability to provide systems to users at barely a moment's notice. When you go virtual with your server, you can carry out deployment and provisioning within minutes. It allows you to replicate an existing machine without spending the time, effort and money which would have otherwise been spent on installing a new server. By installing a virtual server, you can obviate the age old process of filing out the purchase order, waiting for the server and then waiting again for the OS and applications to complete their installation.

With increasing number of servers, time and cost keep adding substantially. Besides this, the growing number of racks and cables that you would have to acquire to accommodate the servers will be overwhelming in cost and effort. Keeping the above mentioned advantages of server virtualization and network management in mind, it shall not be an overstatement to say that they are a must for any business that wants to remain in the race with its competitors.

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About the Author

Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems Inc., a managed data backup and recovery solution company in Portland, OR. Deney is the only localised and authorised  IBM ProcTIER business partner in Pacific Northwest.
Published Tuesday, December 02, 2014 7:00 AM by David Marshall
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