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The big question is, why do we need Virtualization? After all, servers today more than ever are designed to handle multi-tasking. Today we have huge RAM pools, high performance SAS drives and multi-core processors. We even have multiple processors and multiple motherboards (Blade servers). If a virtualized server is capable of hosting all the services, then why don't we just put all the services onto a single server and save complications? Why then do we need Virtualization?

This is because the limitation does not from the hardware but rather from the NOS (Network Operating System). So placing all the services, even onto a powerful blade server with a single NOS would see the system grinding to a halt as the NOS struggles to cope.

This is why larger organisations before the advent of Virtualization, were running separate servers for each service, such as Active Directory, Exchange, Terminal, file, print, and applications. This created a huge overhead on costs, energy and maintenance. Additionally some services require a different NOS such as Netware or Linux.

Virtualization creates an environment on the server allowing it to run several NOSs each running its own services. Each NOS is a virtual server running on one physical server. Hardware resources are allocated according to need, and on some versions resources such as memory and CPU can be dynamically allocated on demand.

For this reason, small as well as large businesses will see ROI from Virtualization very quickly when their operation needs more than one server.

There is also desktop virtualization which allows a single server to drive the users' computers. These can be thin client meaning the users' computers need minimum resource.

Finally, we cover application virtualization where the different applications are hosted, not on the client, but on the server.

CiPi engineers are skilled and certified at advising you on which virtualization solution fits your organisation, and what hardware would be suitable.

We have helped many of our customers to enhance their productivity and cut costs by using this technology.

Contact us today and we will help you enjoy all of these great benefits.

Virtual Servers

Here are some quick facts about server virtualization:

  • Server consolidation: You can consolidate existing servers, each running on a separate hardware into a single server thus reducing electricity costs and server farm volume.
  • Quick Deployment: You can deploy multiple servers by simply copying their configurations to multiple virtual servers.
  • Green IT: Virtual servers use CPU and memory resources more efficiently thus are more economical.
  • Quick Recovery: Every virtual server can be recovered quickly or restored to an earlier stable point.
  • Better Business Continuity: Using Live Migration (Microsoft Hyper-V 2.0) features or VMotion (VMware vSphere), failed servers can be mounted quickly and automatically on alternate hardware almost without being noticed by users.
  • Thin Provisioning: Storage usage is optimised as only the actual size needed for the virtual server is used, not an allocation.
  • Requirements: At least one server running virtual server services and a shared storage (NAS).

CiPi engineers are skilled and certified at advising you on what servers and storages are the most suitable for your virtual server environment. We have used both Microsoft and VMware products for this purpose and have helped many of our customers to enhance their productivity, boost their performance and cut initial and long term costs.

Contact us today and we will help you enjoy all these wonderful advantages.

Virtual desktops

Here are some quick facts about desktop virtualization (VDI):

  • Desktop Consolidation: today, you can consolidate your user's desktops into one powerful Blade-PC that will host many virtual desktops. Users will connect their virtual desktop from low-resources or "thin" clients.
  • Easy Deployment: You can deploy new desktops by simply copying existing desktop configurations to new virtual desktops.
  • Green IT: Virtual desktops use CPU and memory resources more efficiently thus are more economical. Furthermore, virtual desktop can be allocated the exact resource it needs which is usually not the case when buying new desktop computer.
  • Quick Recovery: Every virtual desktop can be recovered quickly or restored to an earlier stable point.
  • OS Compatibility: Unlike using Terminal services, operating systems may vary according to the organisation or application demands. Applications installed on Terminal servers must be compatible with the terminal server operating system and architecture.
  • Thin Provisioning: Storage usage is optimised as only the actual size needed for each virtual desktop is used, not an allocation.
  • Requirements: At least one Terminal server also running virtual server services, shared PC server (Blade-PC) and a shared storage (NAS).

CiPi engineers are skilled and certified at advising you on what hardware is the most suitable for your virtual desktop environment. We have used both Microsoft and VMware products for this purpose and have helped many of our customers to enhance their productivity, boost their performance and cut initial and long term costs.

Contact Us today and we will help you enjoy all these wonderful advantages.

Virtual Applications

Here are some quick facts about virtual applications:

  • Seamless Operation: No more full Terminal desktop operation just to run an application. Today you can run only the required virtual application on your thin clients and of course, no installation is required.
  • Easy Deployment: You can "install" your application, simply by copying a shortcut to the user's desktops.
  • Reduced TCO: Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) will drop significantly as years will go by and no client computer will need any upgrade.
  • Remote Operation: Remote users will enjoy the same application performance local users have and it is all available from a single location controlled by permissions and policies.
  • Requirements: At least one Terminal server.

CiPi engineers are skilled and certified at advising you on what hardware is the most suitable for your Terminal servers. We have used both Microsoft and Citrix products for this purpose and have helped many of our customers to enhance their productivity, boost their performance and cut initial and long term costs.

Contact us today and we will help you enjoy all these wonderful advantages.

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