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Server Virtualization

Server Virtualization: Server virtualization is the partitioning of a physical server into smaller virtual servers. In server virtualization the resources of the server itself are hidden, or masked, from users, and software is used to divide the physical server into multiple virtual environments, called virtual or private servers. One common usage of this technology is in Web servers. Virtual Web servers are a very popular way of providing low-cost web hosting services. Instead of requiring a separate computer for each server, dozens of virtual servers can co-reside on the same computer. (Source: Webopedia)

Server Virtualisation: On Premise, In-the-Cloud or Hybrid?


Section: Research
With over 70% of SMB’s embracing virtualization in some form, the need for a cohesive, well thought out strategy is crucial so as to avoid common and costly mistakes. This White Paper explores the: •  Four key elements of a server virtualization strategy •  Business goals and how they will impact strategy •  Public Vs On-Site Private Cloud Vs Outsourced Private Cloud Vs Hybrid •  What to watch out ...   read more

Cloud Computing - Taking IT to Task


Section: Research
Much of the discussion around modern IT still revolves around purely technical aspects of a given platform, leaving many business people in the dark as to what true value of a new technical architecture actually is.   With businesses being run by process – not by technology – a new approach has to be taken: one that starts with the business imperative, drills down to the business process and then uses technology - increasingly from outside sources – to ...   read more

7 Points a Business Manager should know about Server Virtualization


Section: Research
If you are a business manager and are wondering whether server virtualization savings can be applied in your organisation, then this document will assist you.   Server virtualization is proven to reduce server-related IT costs by more than 30%. Business and IT Managers from small to large enterprises are reaping significant cost benefits through the magic of server virtualization. This document will help facilitate an informed deci ...   read more

10 Points an IT Manager should know about Server Virtualization


Section: Research
If you are an IT manager and want to find out how your team can benefit from server virtualization, then this document will assist you.   Server virtualization is an industry standard technique to reduce server resources by more than one-third. It results in fewer servers to manage and thereby empowers firms to optimise their IT maintenance tasks.     This document will present ten important facts about server v ...   read more

Compare Server Virtualization Vendors


Section: Research
This research compares 6 major server virtualization vendors (VMWare, Microsoft, Parallels, Citrix, Oracle and Redhat) on more than 20 important criteria. The comparison will start with generic parameters like company size, market share, etc. Then the document moves onto the core virtualization and integration features which will help identify the vendor’s relevancy to your organisation’s IT architecture and existing setup. The comparison table will then go furt ...   read more

Server Virtualisation Scale-Up


Section: Research
Many organisations have gained initial experience with server virtualisation, but what can we learn about the practicalities of scaling up from those taking implementation to the next level?  This report by Freeform Dynamics covers the following topics:   -  Introduction -  Server Consolidation and Virtualisation -  Server Hardware Refresh Cycles -  Virtualisation Usage and Projections
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Server Virtualization - 2 Minute Explanation


Section: Research Video
An animated elevator pitch on the three types of server virtualization and their benefits. ...   read more

Server Virtualization Buyer's Guide for Small and Medium Businesses


Section: Research
Server Virtualization can dramatically change an IT departments typical workload - and free up time and talent to be devoted to strategic initiatives that can help drive profitability.  This 2011 buyer's guide will help you to understand the key benefits of Server Virtualization for small and medium businesses.   The following areas are covered:   -  Introduction -  Why SMBs cho ...   read more

Disaster Recovery in European SMBs


Section: Research
This research report looks at the attitudes of small and mid-sized organisations (with 50 to 250, and 250 to 1000 employees respectively), to disaster recovery (DR), and the role that various IT solutions play. The input was gathered via telephone interviews with 160 small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) across the United Kingdom, France and Germany (see Appendix A for more details).  "Disaster recovery? is a term widely marketed by IT ven ...   read more

How Microsoft’s Hyper-V Stands Up Against VMware’s vSphere


Section: Research
Since the debut of the company in 1999, the name VMware has been synonymous with "virtualization”. But just like in any area of business, once the path has been blazed, other companies create their own offerings.   Microsoft’s solution to virtualization, Hyper-V, first appeared in Microsoft Server 2008. Since then Hyper-V has become the primary competitor of VMware and their product vSphere.   The term "virtualization” ha ...   read more

Server Virtualization in Context


Section: Research
One of the hottest topics in the IT industry at the moment is virtualization, particularly in relation to the x86 servers that have so often proliferated to unmanageable levels.   While the principle of server consolidation based on the latest virtualization technologies is now accepted, how far have organizations progressed in this area? And based on adoption experiences, what are the practical considerations when dealing with server proliferation?  read more

Six Ways to Save Energy in Your Data Centre


Section: Research
As energy becomes more expensive and the demands put on computing resources continues to rise, businesses are looking hard at their data centre and IT power consumption and trying to find ways to lower the burn.    Whether a company is considering a data centre upgrade due to outdated and inefficient hardware or thinking about a green-field design and deployment, energy usage needs to be one of the key business considerations addressed when modernising your data centre.. ...   read more

The Case for Converged Infrastructure


Section: Research
The natural evolution of virtualization and server management has led to what industry experts call converged infrastructure (CI). Forrester defines it as: "…a pooled and virtualized combination of servers, edge networking, and storage, with built-in virtualization abstractions for the physical layer of infrastructure (not to be confused with hypervisor-type virtual machines) and integrated management. CI implies the ability to pool resources, ...   read more

Storage in the Virtual Era


Section: Research
If you are trying to help your business work out its priorities, scope out your existing IT capabilities or liaise between the two areas, this paper is for you.   As a number of new storage capabilities become available it's always good to revisit the requirements on data storage and consider the impacts, both positive and negative, of server virtualisation.  This report discusses how we might address the needs of disaster recovery, remote site access a ...   read more

The Great Virtualization Debate


Section: Research
With virtualization close to the top of every CIO’s to do list, this report details the task of finding out how well server, storage and desktop virtualization is currently understood and where it is being applied, discovering what is driving adoption and, just as interestingly, what is holding it back.   This report provides a snapshot of activity with regard to the adoption of virtualization solutions in business today.  The report ...   read more

The Perfect Storm-Time to Review Client Computing Strategies


Section: Research
As different needs and issues converge on businesses and IT managers around managing costs and risk while creating an enabling environment, technology advances now mean that client-side computing can be more tightly controlled while still providing flexibility and cost effectiveness. ...   read more

Virtualization Solutions for SMBs - A Buyer's Guide


Section: Research
Virtualization isn't the preserve of large enterprises.  Learn how small and mid-sized businesses (SMB's 50-750 users) are using Virtualization to reduce costs, improve security and efficiency.   This buyer’s guide covers: -  Virtualization Solutions Overview -  Desktop Virtualization -  Server Virtualization -  Data Back-Up & Disaster Recovery -  Host ...   read more

Is VMware still the best choice for virtualisation solutions?


Section: Articles
The move to virtualisation is all but inevitable, and there is very little question as to why. The benefits are incontrovertible, and the maturity of the virtualisation software available has moved virtualisation out of the realm of the test bed and into the realm of "have to have it.” It may be true that some companies are reluctant to switch over to a virtualised environment if they already have an existing system in place and substantial capital sunk into a data centre, it is much more ...   read more

Virtualisation turns to open source for cost advantage and extensibility


Section: Articles
Virtualisation has become a de facto standard in larger data centres, particularly as they seek benefits such as greater processing agility and resource management. The cost factor, of course, weighs heavily in the decision—but whilst the long-term costs are favourable, in the short-term, it can be difficult due to a potentially high cost of adoption and the presence of existing --- and potentially not fully amortised --- data centre hardware. Overcoming ...   read more

40% of Workers Never Heard of Virtualization, according to Cisco Study


Section: News
A new study by Cisco mConcierge partners has found that 40% of workers have never heard of the term virtualization, including IT personnel. 53% of those that don’t work in IT have never heard anything about the technology and just 34% think that the company they work for uses virtualization. Worse, 80% of top-level executives have no idea whether using virtualization solutions would benefit their company or not. Bearing this in mind, it’s no real surprise that   read more

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