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Virtualization

Virtualization is a huge part of today’s data centres. The operating efficiencies offered by virtualisation allow organisations to dramatically reduce the operations effort and power consumption.

IT priorities are changing fast, and not simply because of a challenging economy. More attention must be paid to IT expenditures in this economic climate, but cost savings across the IT budget have long been a concern to customers. What makes this goal more challenging is that while boardroom business management demands cost savings, they have also grown increasingly dependent on IT infrastructure for both day-to-day operations as well as competitive response.

Instead of being merely a support technology for back-end operations, IT has evolved in the last ten years to be a crucial factor across a variety of core business scenarios, including servicing increased customer demand, competitive marketing, reacting to mergers and acquisitions, and more. At the same time that IT managers are tasked with decreasing their expenditures, the successful IT executive is also looking for ways to increase agility and improve response times to better react to changing business needs. Decreasing costs is certainly one priority, but increasing value is just as important.

Desktop Virtualization

The idea behind what is called a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is to run desktop operating systems and applications inside virtual machines that reside on servers in the data centre. Desktop operating systems inside virtual machines are also referred to as virtual desktops.

One of the most significant benefits of desktop virtualization is that it gives IT administrators an easy and centralised way to manage employees' computers. Instead of each computer being separate, administrators create just a handful of virtual machines (VMs) or VM templates for different roles within a company.

These VMs would include not just the operating system, but also any applications and drivers the employee would need. Such deployments work best where many employees need essentially the same functionality. For example, some colleges are looking at desktop virtualization as a way of implementing upgrades quickly between term times. Colleges often have only a short period of time between the end of one term and the beginning of the next, which is not typically enough time to update every single computer across campus without interfering with the academic schedule and causing downtime. By installing new, already patched VMs on computers, colleges can upgrade all campus computers within three to five days instead of three to five weeks.

Server Virtualization

Server virtualization enables multiple ‘virtual servers’ to be run on a single or reduced number of machines, dramatically reducing the number of physical servers in an organisation. Each virtual server has its own operating system where applications are run as normal and users have access via the network as usual. By consolidating servers and creating a more efficient storage solution there can be significant operational cost savings and process efficiency can be greatly improved, and for some businesses this can mean saving thousands of pounds a year as well as reducing routine IT tasks to a fraction of the time.

Storage Virtualization

Storage virtualization refers to the pooling of physical storage from multiple storage devices within a network into a centrally managed single storage device

Hardware-independent thin provisioning and de-duplication can trim conventional fat storage by 70%, taking a data centre from 100TB down to 30TB; radically reducing storage hardware, burden on wallet and the planet.

Virtual servers and converged virtual storage working together make it easier for businesses to lower costs, respond faster and deliver flexible and consistent services from their IT departments.

Together they:

  • Lower Costs - You don't pay for what you don't need
  • You get more out of your IT investment budget
  • Makes it easier to separate the strategic IT investments from the commodity
  • IT functions Respond faster to business demand
  • Simplifies growth and expansion
  • Resources can be deployed or moved quickly to users or business units that need them
  • Deliver IT that's more flexible and consistent
  • Leverages technologies you are already investing in: SAN, Servers, Networks
  • Give you lower cost disk and platform options
  • It lowers business risk through flexibility and increased responsiveness

Software Defined Storage

At Tecnica we offer high performance software defined storage solutions that have redefined enterprise storage, enabling customers to realise the full potential of their IT storage. A hypervisor agnostic, highly resilient, scalable, storage platform enabling the convergence of applications, server virtualization and storage on standard servers.

Our storage solutions are optimised for flash performance and disk drive capacity - eliminating the need for external storage arrays. They integrate fully with virtualization at all levels from UI to data management, making it extremely simple to manage while supporting all possible deployments. These revolutionary solutions enable significant capital and operational cost savings while providing the ability to scale on demand in lock-step with workloads.

Virtualizing your IT resources is simpler and cheaper than you think. You can quickly and easily virtualize servers with best performance while managing all resources from a single, easy-to-use console.

There are several options when it comes to choosing virtualization, and with the help of our technical knowledge and expertise we can advise and provide you with the solution and support that best suits your business needs.

Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

A software defined data center is an IT facility where infrastructure is virtualized and subsequently provisioned and automated through software–based processes and methods. This creates a contrast to the traditional data center where hardware and devices define the IT infrastructure - meaning organisations can save the hardware costs associated with building the infrastructure.

Hyperscale

Hyperscale refers to a computing architecture which has the ability to scale efficiently in order to meet any demand increases placed on the system. Hyperscale enables massively scalable compute infrastructures that can quickly and cost-effectively accommodate workload and data increases within the data centre. It offers a unique structural design when compared with conventional computing, favouring cost-effective stripped-down commercial off the shelf product as opposed to costly high grade computing constructs.

At Tecnica, we create a hyperscale model to suit your business needs. If you are unsure whether our hyperscale options are suitable for your business - ask yourself these questions:

  • Does your storage performance meet your Database, Analytics, VDI and Application requirements?
  • Are you paying premium prices for commodity hardware of SAN, NAS and hyper converged appliances? Operation costs of infrastructure restricting development and growth?
  • Do you feel restricted by your server and hypervisor options? Are you currently experiencing vendor lock-in?
  • Does your traditional SAN/NAS storage scale inefficiently with degraded performance?
  • Is the expense of implementing VDI holding back your business IT?

Our consultants can help you discover how your organisation can deliver all-flash performance to all users at just a fraction of the cost. You could be saving 50-80% on your storage costs as well as utilising more than 10k faster IOPS performance through the deployment of a number of market leading solutions. Discover what all the hype around hyperscale is about, let Tecnica show you the next step to a faster and more cost-effective IT environment.



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