Your company may run multiple servers for email, file storage, printer sharing and other ancilliary functions. While it may not appear to be the case, for the large part a server will sit idly doing nothing. By pooling these servers onto a single piece of hardware but maintaining them as separate servers you can reduce energy usage, maintenance and hardware costs.
Virtualisation is the process of taking a physical piece of hardware and using special software to make it appear like multiple computers. These are called virtual computers. Each virtual computer is managed like a real physical computer but the underlying virtualisation software manages the complete infrastructure, allowing more efficient operation. It is also easier to protect against data loss by taking copies of each virtual computer. Enterprise virtualisation software also allows a virtual computer to migrate from one piece of hardware to another, in the event of the underlying hardware failing. All this happens transparently to the virtual computer.
If you would like to find out how virtualisation can help you simplify and optimise your IT infrastruture, contact us.