Virtualisation 

 

VirtualisationIn computing, virtualization (or virtualisation) is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as a hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or network resources.

Unity IT have a team of experts that build virtualised environments (Server and Desktops) using the following primary virtualisation tools:

 

 ms hv virtualisation   Microsoft Hyper-V Server
 vmware virtualisation   VMware ESX & VMware ESXi

 Microsoft Hyper-V Server

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 is a hypervisor-based server virtualization product that enables you to consolidate workloads, helping organizations improve server utilization and reduce costs.

Hyper-V Server is a dedicated stand-alone product that contains the hypervisor, Windows Server driver model, virtualization capabilities, and supporting components such as failover clustering, but does not contain the robust set of features and roles as the Windows Server operating system. As a result Hyper-V Server produces a small footprint and and requires minimal overhead. Organizations consolidating servers where no new Windows Server licenses are required or where the servers being consolidated are running an alternative OS may want to consider Hyper-V Server.

In contrast, Windows Server 2012 is recommended for organizations that need flexible and cost effective virtualization rights. Virtualization rights in Windows Server 2012 are based on the specific edition purchased, with Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition providing unlimited virtual instances.

One of the most common uses for Hyper-V Server is in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments. VDI allows a Windows client operating system to run on server-based virtual machines in the datacenter, which the user can access from a PC, thin client, or other client device. A full client environment is virtualized within a server-based hypervisor, centralizing users’ desktops.

By deploying VDI with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012, users will have seamless access to a rich, full fidelity Windows environment running in the data center, from any device. Hyper-V Server also gives IT professionals a cost effective VDI solution with simplified administration, flexible storage options, and dynamic allocation of resources.

 

VMware ESX & ESXi 

Simplify your IT infrastructure as you create a more dynamic and flexible datacenter with proven server and datacenter virtualization solutions built on   VMware vSphere, the industry’s leading virtualization platform. Ensure continued IT innovation while meeting enterprise application SLAs, and increase time-to-market for application provisioning and upgrades.

VMware virtualization helps you reduce capital expenses through server consolidation and improve operating expenses through automation, while minimizing lost revenue by reducing both planned and unplanned downtime.

To achieve the same magnitude of benefits for the datacenter as a whole, virtualize your entire infrastructure: use   VMware vCloud Suite to abstract, pool, and automate all datacenter resources—servers, storage, networking, security, and availability—and combine them with automated operations management and policy-based provisioning. The result is a   Software-Defined Datacenter: an infrastructure platform that delivers the full efficiency and agility of cloud computing.

VMware virtualization solutions offer you many advantages. They are built on   VMware vSphere, the world's most proven, robust, and reliable virtualization platform—the choice of more than   400,000 customers, including 100% of the Fortune 100. Our solutions cover the spectrum from desktop to datacenter, preserve your existing IT investments, and integrate with the management tools you already have. On top of all this, you'll enjoy the industry's lowest total cost of ownership.

For further information on either product or how Virtualisation can benefit you and your business please contact us.

Unity It Partners