What is virtualisation?
In summary virtualisation allows you to run multiple computers (Operating Systems) on one piece of hardware.
Traditional computer systems consist of three layers or foundations. The hardware layer which is the physical device such as desktop computer or server, the operating system which is the second layer (Windows), and then on top of this the applications run.
Virtualisation is a very important concept to Dunedin IT and is one that should become standard practice for all businesses. We have been promoting virtualisation for businesses of all sizes but in particular for smaller clients who either need more than one server or require an extensive disaster and recovery strategy.
What are the benefits of virtualisation?
- It is robust, fast and a flexible environment
- It is an excellent disaster recovery tool
- It is easy to backup and restore a server environment from
- It is an offsite business continuity facility
- It allows for business growth and flexibility of your IT Infrastructure
- It reduces future IT costs as your investment is maximised – systems will be running at optimum capacity and incremental expenditure on new servers and storage will be incurred only when absolutely necessary
- Computing issues are rapidly resolved with minimal disruption, because you have in place a centralised, pooled resource with central control