Leveraging virtualization for improved availability and disaster recovery

Petri | April 29, 2019

Leveraging virtualization for improved availability and disaster recovery
Today, the vast majority of production workloads are run on virtualized infrastructure and most businesses have virtualized their local infrastructure using either vmware’s vsphere or microsoft’s hyper-v. vms enable you to abstract your workload from the underlying server hardware. this degree of abstraction enables greater flexibility, efficiency, and availability than you can achieve running on bare metal. you can combine multiple workloads on a single physical server vastly reducing the total number of servers needed in your infrastructure. fewer servers require less rack space, less power, less cooling and less networking equipment resulting in significant capex and opex savings.

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A hyper-converged system is a pre-configured virtualized server platform that combines compute, storage, networking, and management software in a single appliance. B. Hyper-convergence enables you to simply and rapidly deploy mixed-workload and virtual desktop integrated infrastructure solutions across local or remote locations. Hyper-converged systems help you lower OpEx due to reduced administrative and footprint resources, redeployment flexibility, and simplified storage management.

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