Virtualisation Consulting

By: Virtual Infrastructure Professionals  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Disaster Recovery, Data Centre, Virtual Machines

One of our key competencies lies in the area of Virtualisation.

Virtualisation not only in clusters and domains, but also in the form of virtual machines utilising latest technologies. Virtualisation allows multiple virtual systems to run on the same physical infrastructure; otherwise known as "data centre in a box".

This architecture enables businesses to lower their IT costs through increased utilisation, consistency and responsiveness.

Virtualisation platforms that VIP consults in include Microsoft HyperV, VMware ESX and Citrix Xen.

We have developed best practices in all of these areas to ensure your Virtualisation product deployments are smooth, uneventful and provide high return on investment.

VMWare is at the forefront of virtualisation technology and VIP is fully certified in providing VMware Authorised Consulting (VAC) services to you. We have in-depth knowledge and experience in the services associated with the VMware product range to assist you with the most appropriate implementation in your environment.

  • ESX server Jumpstart
  • Virtual Centre Jumpstart
  • Physical to Virtual (P2V) Migrations
  • Disaster Recovery and Backup
  • Server consolidation and assessment
  • Full consulting, architectural, deployment mentoring solutions.

Overall, our expertise will assist you to take advantage of VMware's ability to quickly refresh environments and switch server roles to:

  • Reduce your hardware and maintenance costs
  • Improve your development and test environments
  • Improve the effectiveness of your production and DR environments
  • Ensure maximum performance and availability of your consolidated environments

Introducing MS HyperV

Microsoft’s HyperVisor software is new to the market. While it always takes time for a new product to have the bugs worked out it seems that Microsoft’s offering the visualisation market is making waves even at this early stage.

VIP are Microsoft Partners and have been testing the new Hyper Visor extensively in our labs.

Introducing Citrix Xen 

A thin software layer (known as the Xen hypervisor) runs directly on the hardware and provides an abstraction layer that allows each physical server to run one or more virtual servers, breaking the “hard-coding” that normally locks the operating system its applications to the underlying physical server.  Each virtual server appears to users and to management software as if it were a separate physical computer, but in fact, many virtual servers may share one physical server - the density of consolidation is limited only by available resources.

Citrix XenServer, a member of the Citrix Delivery Center product family, is the simplest and most effective way to virtualize servers and deliver dynamic data centers that are responsive to the ever-changing demands of business. Using Citrix XenServer, virtual server software companies can deploy high-performance virtual machines rapidly and easily, and manage them and their related storage and networking resources from a single easy-to-use management console.

The powerful provisioning capabilities now available in Citrix XenServer virtualization software makes it the only platform than can integrate the deployment and management of virtual and physical servers into a unified dynamic virtualized infrastructure - a flexible aggregated pool of computing and storage resources.

Keywords: Data Centre, Disaster Recovery, Physical Server, Virtual Machines

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