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What is Virtualization?

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The traditional method to run a server or PC is to give it its own dedicated hardware. There are a number of inherent disadvantages in this approach, namely:

  • It has big initial costs as you have to buy the hardware.
  • It creates a single point of failure – if the hardware breaks the PC or server will likely be unavailable!
  • Complicated and expensive disaster recovery.
  • The hardware will need to be upgrade or replaced in time which requires further set-up and hardware costs, as well as creating unwanted downtime.

With virtualization, pcs and servers still need hardware to run on but the difference is they reside on a very powerful and very efficient array of virtual servers with lots of protection and redundancy built in.

The difference with the traditional computing model is these virtual machines do not solely run a server or a computer, they run many more. It provides what the server/pc platform software thinks is a hardware platform (this is the virtual bit) – because these are virtual platforms it means they are very portable and are not tied to a specific piece of hardware. So, if there is a hardware or infrastructure problem, the virtual image can be moved to new hardware avoiding downtime.

In summary the business gets all the benefits of datacentre grade power and flexibility,  delivered more cost-effectively.

For more details on Akita’s expertise in the field of virtualization, and our outstanding track-record with with VMware, Veeam and Citrix, contact us today to discuss your requirements.