When it comes to investing in technology for your business, you want to make sure that you get the best return you can for your investment. Shared, virtualized servers, storage and networking will allow you to modernize your IT infrastructure, consolidate, and reduce costs. Virtualization drives down costs through:
- Improved asset use, consolidating applications on fewer, more powerful servers
- Increased application availability, replicating data or applications between servers
- Centralized management via a virtualized resource management console
Take a look at how some of your peers use virtualization today to manage their growing environments.
Virtualization eliminates single points of failure
Forrest Lucas and his company have one of the fastest-growing businesses in the consumer automotive industry today. Its IT environment was built mostly on a single application-per-server model, which worked until growth and complexity found them looking for ways to consolidate and simplify. At the same time, they sought a solution that would help them improve their systems’ availability and increase uptime.
“Our previous environment was beginning to create a drag on business,” recalls Garrett Geisert, IT Administrator at Lucas Oil. “If we had a single server with a bad hard drive or blown power supply, it meant kicking off all users of that application until we had the problem fixed.” To prevent further business disruption, Geisert began researching making the move to a virtualized environment.
The HPE server and storage configuration was exactly what Geisert was looking for in a virtualization platform. “Now, instead of a single point of failure, we’ve built a three-node system that can sustain an outage without anybody ever knowing.”
Virtualization delivers cost efficiencies, reliability and continuity
A Dutch construction company was battling an aging server environment. Work processes were not running smoothly. Under the leadership of Ton Hoogland, head of VBK Groep ICT, they drafted a plan to move from small, project-oriented jobs to a comprehensively managed solution that would ensure better safeguards for business continuity.
By standardizing their applications in a virtualized cluster, they were able to optimize the use of their hardware. The configuration provides a single source of storage space where the capacity is available to all the servers, improving efficiency. The virtual nodes are also copies of each other, so that if a server fails, it has no impact on business continuity.
The solution delivers significantly more than the 20% utilization they had previously experienced. It also gives the VBK Groep the ability to respond more quickly to business needs, providing for temporary requirements for extra capacity, extra space or different configurations for test environments.
Virtualization solutions sized right for SMBs
Virtualization can bring great benefits for your organization. When you choose your virtualization solution, make sure it’s one that’s specifically designed and right-sized for you. HPE’s Just Right IT portfolio can help you virtualize simply, reliably, and affordably with products and solutions priced and designed to help small and mid-size businesses achieve their business outcomes.
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by Frank J. Ohlhorst