Server Virtualization & Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

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irtualization technology abstracts a computing resource in some way to make it more useful. In simple terms, virtualization is the creation of a virtual (as opposed to an actual) version of a server, storage device, an operating system, or even network resources. As all require physical hardware, multiple virtual "machines" can be deployed from a single hardware instance and provide additional computing resources from one central platform. There are 4 typical types of virtualization. Server, the most commonly known and deployed type of virtualization, VDI or desktop virtualization, storage virtualization and network virtualization. Application virtualization or App-V is also becoming more and more popular. Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) transform traditional applications into centrally managed, virtual applications.

Managing IT systems can be time consuming and costly. Making your existing IT hardware do all that your business needs to do can put a strain on existing resources and result in system slow-downs. You need tools to help you maximize the value of your physical servers, streamline processes, and save money. You also need peace of mind that your systems are up and running, costly downtime is minimized, and your sensitive data is protected.

For businesses that want to optimize and protect IT assets with minimal up-front investment, The Go2IT Group offers complete, virtualization solutions for "Always On IT" that provide the enterprise-class capabilities you need, at a price you can absolutely afford. Achieve Cost-Effective "Always On IT" with virtualized solutions based on our Microsoft and Intel Certified Server Systems and Blade Centers together with Microsoft Hyper-V.

Hyper-V technology provides increased deployment options, increased resource utilization, enhanced business continuity, and a more efficient IT operating environment.

Virtualization Benefits Include:

Slash costs by 50-60 percent by consolidating servers and saving considerably on resources

Reduce IT costs and make the best use of server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles on a single physical machine, or efficiently run multiple different operating systems (Windows®, Linux, or others) in parallel on a single physical server.

Combining Microsoft virtualization and management solutions allows you to effectively run the applications you already have - whether Microsoft or VMware - on a reliable and powerful infrastructure, saving downtime, additional costs, and administrative overhead. Organizations can consolidate essential business workloads to reduce physical server sprawl and support the business with less cost. This consolidation can allow customers to lower power, cooling, and management costs as well as reduce their environmental footprint.

Improve productivity by simplifying management and delivering business continuity

Reduce operational costs and optimize IT productivity by centrally managing your virtual machine infrastructure through one console, including managing VMware ESX.

The Microsoft management solution helps you manage both physical and virtual server assets with a unified management platform.

Reduce Costs by lowering your Total Cost of Ownership

Full 360˚ View: Microsoft offers technologies and guidance to support integrated virtualization across server workloads, desktop PC applications, and both physical and virtual assets.

Protect IT assets and avoid downtime with cost-effective virtualization

Get powerful business continuity features, such as live backup and live migration to enable your business to meet stringent uptime requirements.

Microsoft virtualization and management solutions help reduce time lost to routine functions or unanticipated outages thanks to powerful Disaster Recovery features such as live backup and quick migration. Hyper-V also provides support for disaster recovery within IT environments and across data center and multi-vendor platforms.

Improve quality and accelerate time-to-value for business-critical applications

In a physical environment, every application depends on its OS for a range of services, including memory allocation, device drivers, and more. Application Virtualization allows you to isolate a specific application from the OS and other applications, eliminates conflicts between applications, and removes the need to install applications on PCs.

Increase Availability of Services and Improve Business Agility

Virtualization helps your business become more flexible, adaptable and expandable by providing the resources your organization needs, when you need them most. Virtualization improves business agility by:

  • Integrating physical, virtual, and application management
  • Accelerating responses to changing business needs
  • Performing flexible desktop deployments
  • Easily migrating to a new version of Windows
  • Providing capacity on demand

Virtualize all of your IT assets, from the desktop through the datacenter and into the cloud

Microsoft virtualization offerings span from the desktop to the datacenter and into the cloud. Regardless of where you plan to use virtualization, The Go2IT Group provides comprehensive and customer-centric solutions that give you more choice, more flexibility, better integration, and substantial cost savings.

Windows Server 2008 with the ever-important Hyper-V Hypervisor, provides the base virtualization platform that enables your organization with the ability to transition business resources to to the cloud. As the base foundation for core virtualization scenarios including server consolidation, application virtualization and VDI, Microsoft Hyper-V delivers greater scalability with support for up to 64 logical processors and improved performance with support for dynamic memory and enhanced networking support.

Most of the interest in virtualization solutions revolves around the server and storage platforms. However, server-based desktop virtualization (VDI) is also becoming a cost-effective and performance driven option for deploying Windows 7. Desktop virtualization processing happens on a server optimized for capacity and availability while graphics, keyboard, mouse, and other user I/O functions are handled at the user's desktop.

Remote Desktop Services provided by Windows Server 2008 R2 delivers session-based desktops and applications as well as the delivery of virtual desktops in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). With Remote Desktop Services, both virtual and session-based desktops and applications are now available on the Windows 7 Start menu.

Virtualization is the capability to run an application or a computer in a virtual environment without affecting the components that already exist on that particular desktop or server. In a Virtual Environment, all the components within a Desktop can be independent of each other. With Virtualization you can choose which dependencies exist between each layer

Application Virtualization (App-V) is the technology to create an environment where an application can be executed on the local computer by using its resources, but is not allowed to modify anything. The application runs in a small environment that contains the registry entries, COM objects, and other components that are required to run. This virtual environment acts as a layer between the application and the operating system.

Storage Virtualization is the pooling or collection of physical data storage from multiple network storage devices into a single storage device that is managed from a central console. Storage virtualization is commonly used in storage area networks, also referred to as a SAN. Within a SAN environment, applications no longer need to know on which specific drives, partitions or storage subsystems their data resides. All storage is identified, provisioned and managed collectively.

IT departments today are under increasing pressure to manage and support expanding computer resources, while at the same time reducing costs. Server virtualization, which enables multiple virtual machines (VMs) to run concurrently on the same physical server, has become a broadly accepted method to meet these requirements. By converting under utilized physical servers into virtual machines that run on a single physical server, organizations can reduce space and hardware costs in the data center. Also, because virtual machines are generally much faster to recover in a disaster than are physical computers, virtualization also increases server uptime and reliability.

General Virtualization Features and Benefits:

  • 64-bit support for hosts and guests
  • Optimized virtual machine access to physical resources via hypervisor
  • Processor-assisted virtualization
  • Multiprocessor support for hosts and guests
  • Redesigned I/O architecture for better performance
  • Easy upgrade and migration
  • Support for non-Microsoft guest operating systems
  • Host Provisioning
  • Self-Service Provisioning
  • Central Library
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Virtualization spans many technologies, many facets and different technologies and does not necessarily always tie directly and specifically to hardware. The Go2IT Group has provided a 50,000 ft. overview brief on Virtualization and welcomes you to click on the links below to learn more about each specific type of virtualization.

  • Server Virtualization
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
  • Storage Virtualization
  • Application Virtualization
  • Network Virtualization

Virtualization offers many benefits and advantages. There are also different virtualization solutions available. Let The Go2IT Group assist you in planning your virtualization technology roadmap. Learn more about the virtualization solution that is best for you.

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