As a company grows and accumulates different servers over its network, there comes a time when server rationalisation and future requirement planning become inevitable. With recent improvements in virtualisation technology, VMware server virtualisation is now a sensible option for the forward-looking IT administrator.

For a small or medium sized business, moving to virtualisation and a VMware server network can bring many advantages, including:

  • Save money: With virtualisation, you can turn a single purpose server into a multi-tasking one, and turn multiple servers into a computing pool that can adapt more flexibly to changing workloads. In short, in can do more for much less.
  • Save energy: Businesses spend a lot of money powering unused server capacity. Virtualisation reduces the number of physical servers, reducing the energy required to power and cool them.
  • Save time: With fewer servers, you can spend less time on the manual tasks required for server maintenance.
  • Reduce desktop headaches: Desktop virtualisation solutions let you manage user desktops centrally, making it easier to keep desktops updated and secure.

Server virtualisation is the process of partitioning one physical server into several virtual servers, or machines. Each virtual machine can interact independently with other devices, applications, data and users as if it were a separate physical resource.

However, different virtual machines can run different operating systems and multiple applications while sharing the resources of a single physical computer, and, because each virtual machine is isolated from other virtualised machines, if one crashes, it doesn't affect the others.

VMware is the market leader in virtualisation. VMWare's technology is production-proven and used by more than 170,000 customers, including 100% of the Fortune 100.

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