Consolidating IT Infrastructure by Virtualization

As we all know today the main priority is cost savings in every organizations. Keeping this in mind majority of companies are seeking alternative method of saving cost.

One of the way which has become most popular today is consolidating IT infrastructure.   That is by getting rid of old, crapey hardware that has been running for donkeys years!  which keeps braking every fortnight.  Also another concerning factor is space in the Data Center are already filled up, and companies cannot invest in setting up a new data centres, as it will involve huge investments.

So, most of the companys are looking into different types of virtualizations. They are 3 types of virtualizations which are avalable today.

Full Virtualization

  • Hypervisor contains the Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM)
  • Guest OS unchanged, Host can be any kind of hardware
  • Guest uses generic device drivers

Hardware Virtualization (a.k.a. Hardware Assisted)

  • VMM moved to hardware
  • Requires VT hardware
  • Guest OS unchanged, uses generic device drivers

Paravirtualization

  • Guest OS requires paravirtualized drivers
  • Thin layer for hypervisor, guest has access to Host hardware
  • Host any kind of hardware

in gernal we have two famous methods of Virtualizaiton :

Hosted Virtualization ( installing the virtualization software VMM on a host server ie. Windows Server 2008 or Linux etc.

Bare Metal Virtualization ( installing the virtualization software on physical machine directly which gives super performance eg. VMware vSphear) aka Hardware emulation

Further we can classify the virtualization in three important categories

Storage Virtualization:

This is achieved by consolidating all the storage in a single location which makes the network admins to easily manage the storage resource.

Network Virtualization

This is accomplished by combining all the network bandwidth and then splitting it into channels for users. this allows the Administrator allow resources as and when they require. This allows each user to access all of the network resources, which can be files and folders on the computer, printers or hard drives etc. This streamlined approach makes the life of the network administrator much easier.

Server Virtualization

This is the most popular virtualization method used today to consolidate multiple virtual machines on a single high spec physical server, This will save processing power , space in DC and more importantly cost.

  1.  Virtualization of old physical servers to a virtual server  also known as P2V (Physical to Virtual)
  2. Setup new servers only on virtual infrastructure (unless there is an mandatory requirement of having a physical server )

Although there are a lot of products available in the market to achieve this the ones that are hugely popular is VMware and Hyper –V. both of the software does the job although there is always a big debate on which is better one.

I have always been a big supporter of VMware products, with their new range of products complementing one and other.

I will dig these two deeper on my next post …

Thansk for reading.

Sources :

VMware: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/VMware_paravirtualization.pdf

Dell: http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/power/ps3q05-20050191-Abels.pdf

Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/hyper-v-server/benefits.aspx

About Ibrahim Quraishi

Ibrahim began his career as the co-founder of RapidFeeds.com, a popular RSS feed management service. Later he went on to work for one of the UK’s leading mobile communication company Everything Everywhere Ltd (Orange UK and T-Mobile UK) under the brand Orange for 4 years. After which he joined Research In Motion Limited® (RIM)®, a global leader in wireless innovation, that revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Ibrahim holds several certifications, which includes VMware Certified Professional (VCP 510), (VCP 6 )Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). Currently pursuing several other certifications like Backup, VCAP etc.. Ibrahim is based in London, UK.

Posted on June 12, 2012, in Administration, Enterprise Edition, Full Virtualization, Hardware Assisted), Hosted Virtualization, Hyper-V, Information, Internet Secuirty, Network Virtualization, Networking, P2V, Paravirtualization, physical to virtual converter, Security, Technology, virtualized, Vm ware converter, Vmware. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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