Server Consolidation & Virtualization
Over the years computer hardware has consistently got faster, cheaper and more energy efficient. Unfortunately how we upgrade our network infrastructure has not always kept pace with the hardware improvements. We find that a lot of companies have multiple servers that serve a single purpose, and sometimes the old servers they replace are never removed from the environment. There are a few downsides to have extra and redundant servers to maintain. The main downside would be a more complex network. The more complex a network is the more it costs to maintain. The more hardware running also generates extra heat and heat can lead to other failures of your networking equipment. Truthfully the only benefit that I can think of from having extra servers is to keep the heating bill down in the winter!
With Hyper-V virtualization we can reduce your server footprint, network complexity and the AC bill in the summer! In most cases we can do P2V (physical to virtual) migrations of old servers with zero downtime for your environment.
Other benefits from virtualization is the ability to provide extremely high availability and redundancy to core network servers. In move advanced environments the ability to build a cost effective Hyper-V cluster and fail over to redundant servers in real time. With your servers being virtualized, backups are easier to preform and maintain. And in the event of a server failure, the ability to recover extremely fast and to dissimilar hardware. Please call us today to find out how we can reduce your IT footprint and costs while increasing your reliability and recoverability from failure.