Server and Desktop Virtualization
Startech Business Systems provides server infrastructure design, installation, integration, management and assessments of server environments. A good starting point is reviewing your current environment, information technologies and business processes, and then do a gap analysis, and make recommendations for improvements, including both immediate changes and future projects. Every good server solution includes a disaster recovery plan and procedures for business continuity .
Server virtualization creates an intelligent layer between physical server resources (including individual physical servers, processors, and operating systems) and the server users. Powerful software enables the server administrator to divide one physical server into multiple isolated virtual environments, and even have a server reside on two physical machines for automatic redundancy. These virtual environments are sometimes called virtual private servers, but can also be known as partitions, instances, containers, guests, or emulations.
Startech's virtual server solutions most commonly incorporate VMware's technology, which has been an industry leader in virtual servers since 1999. VMware is powerful software that enables the creation of virtual servers that operate independently as:
- File Servers
- E-mail Servers
- Print Servers
- Remote Access Server for virtual workstations
- Web Servers
One of the biggest advantages of virtualization is that the servers are automatically redundant, and that individual hard drives and computers can be shut down for maintenance or replacement without impacting system capability or performance. Another advantage is that it enables users to run multiple operating system platforms (Windows, Linux, etc) on the same hardware.
Most desktop virtualization products can emulate the PC hardware environment and the operating system on the local machine or on a "thin client" from the virtual server. This allows data and software to be run, stored and backed up on the server but run by users on lower cost systems. Because thin clients have no hard drive, or any other moving parts, last longer, easier to configure, secure, and support and in the end, are more economical to buy & operate.