How Virtualisation Revolutionised Server Infrastructure


Physical in-house IT infrastructure is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. The days of buying and managing an internal IT stack no longer make sense for a whole host of reasons.

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With the evolution of cloud computing, mobile technology uptake and real-time data dependencies, the adoption of server virtualisation – exampled here – has become a game changer for innovative businesses. In this regard the future of servers will not come in the form of traditional in-house configurations but via the converging cloud, managed virtually as a multicore service that maximises computational processing power, reliability, speed and agility of service.

This converging model of next generation IT reduces consumption costs and wasteful resources, instead running hybrid IT, virtually and for the seamless integration of services around customisable business requirements.

The Convenience of Multicore Centres
In-house IT environments have long been stymied by performance bottlenecks, exorbitant and escalatory costs, resource inefficiencies and a lack of expertise when trying to manage rapidly advancing technologies. Now, managed virtualisation platforms enable resources to be combined within multicore centres that dramatically lower TCO, increase service reliability and meet environmental/governance standards across the board.

Hybrid virtualisation platforms of this kind deliver services through applications and secure data centres that can process information with immense speed, regularity and reliability. These multicore centres are becoming more hybrid in design to ensure compatibility with all types of web services and networks. As the future of server virtualisation revolves around cloud infrastructure, IT departments will be able to bridge the gap between disparate locations of users to create a unified virtual working environment.

Unified Computing
IT in the future will be run on unified and hybrid server solutions that are customisable for every business requirement. As traditional server storage fails to meet the requirements of a big data age, operating a virtualisation service maintains scalability through a single hardware platform.

Both Sun and Intel are currently leading the way with unified and hybrid server storage solutions that can be accessed anytime and anywhere. This unified computing strategy eliminates our reliance on physical server topology, instead incorporating next generation datacentre unification so that all resources are shared and optimised on a central architecture, data centre and virtual network.

This level of integration breaks down the boundaries of geographic locations, connecting people across streamlined workflow processes and operational silos. It ensures every stakeholder remains informed – when, where, how and why – for optimum efficiency of service.

Cloud Collaboration
Converging services on a managed virtualisation platform harness the expertise of multiple individuals who have long worked in isolation, without the collaboration or insights from others. As servers continue to advance – becoming more performance savvy and faster to act – the flexibility, modularity and scalability of IT empowers the widest possible user base, whatever the role or responsibility. Integrating systems across the whole spectrum of enterprise changes the entire landscape for IT as we move out of the physical server room and into the cloud. We can integrate IT within every level of business.

Quality of Service
Virtualisation gives businesses the potential to expand IT operations beyond their current comfort zone, normal working practices and size of business. Here virtual server hosting is pivotal to the success of organisations with any kind of in-house IT infrastructure. Virtualisation revolutionises the way data is managed as a stored resource, negating power and cooling costs, and reducing internal management overheads for IT. This significantly improves the quality of service, making working process and strategic decision making more efficient for customers, staff and partners alike.

Virtualisation elevates IT architecture at a time when global economies are squeezing every type of business. Because of this, virtual platforms are primed to replace physical in-house architecture. Businesses need an increasingly distributed computer network that operates across open standards and intuitively automates processes wherever and whenever possible. This reduces costs and keeps people informed at all times. It is here that unified computing will enable the automation of architecture level IT, to significantly lower operating costs and maximise the efficiency of capital assets, all within virtual IT platforms.