Virtualization

Virtual Solutions To Get The Most Out Of Your IT

Blade fully comprehends the need to get the most value out of your IT spending dollars. As such, virtualization of systems continues to be one of the best methods of doing so. Any network with more than one server can potentially realize savings from utilizing less power, cooling, maintenance, and overall hardware costs.

For many of our clients, there is also an increased emphasis on decreasing downtime. Virtualization can play a part in this by providing redundancy, or the ability to run the same application on multiple servers. In the event of a physical server going out, another server running the same application can take over, minimizing the interruption of access to that application. This high availability also makes disaster recovery planning easier.

Reduce Hardware Costs

Since host resources are shared among guests, you can boost the utilization of hardware resources.

Reduce Software Costs

Virtual servers can expand and contract as needed. Also, since a server is no longer tied to hardware, it can become portable in case of hardware failure. One database server can replace many.

Reduce Administration

Less hardware means less power, less cooling, and less maintenance.

Improve Disaster Recovery Stance

The portability of virtual servers naturally extend any DR plan and open whole new ones.

Virtualization Example:

One of our long-time clients had an issue: all five of their servers were reaching end of support, and although financing was an option, they were concerned about the total cost of deploying and then maintaining five new servers. They had only 19 staff members, and two of the servers were merely to maintain old software that wasn’t used often but needed to exist on a dedicated system. After confirming their line-of-business software vendors would support a virtualized instance of their software, Blade recommended virtualizing all five systems and housing these virtualized servers on two host systems. Not only did they benefit from the reduced upfront and maintenance costs, they were able to implement some system redundancy: if the systems on one host server failed, they could be picked up by the other host until the original could be fixed. Since then, the client has enjoyed fewer system outages and significantly increased performance.