Understanding Server Virtualization and beyond for SME’s
I have had the great life experience and benefit of being part of the greatest growth in the information technology world. I participated and actively took part in the process of computerizing thousands of businesses with solid IT solutions, from Canada to Siberia, from Cyprus to Moscow. Our products and services have reached an vast number of businesses and people. Our first IT solution was moving a small business accounting firm from a written ledger to a computer based IT solution.
I helped retire dozens of IBM® Selectric typewriters and AES & Wang word processing systems. As our ever changing Information Technology grew and the amounts of Data grew exponentially, managing that data became a challenge.
All these megabytes came from what we learned to be the Server, stand alone or in a group. They are a magic storage cabinet that the user takes for granted. We in the IT Industry initially thought that you needed a Server for each independent application, say for Payroll, Accounting, AutoCAD, Website and so on.
It was very common, years ago to enter a computer room of a small or midsize organization, and see 6 or 7 Servers standing on top of a table or in more sophisticated environments a Server Rack. This was and still is one of the great headaches for owners and managers. How to manage and budget for IT resources.
What is virtualization?
Along came a solution (introduced and made a de facto standard in the business world back in 2001) called VMware®. Businesses and Data Centers today use VMware and other virtualization techniques to make abstraction of the physical hardware, create large aggregated pools of logical resources consisting of CPUs, memory, disks, file storage, applications, networking, and offer those IT resources to users or customers in the form of agile, scalable, consolidated endless amount of storage.
In computing, virtualization means to create a virtual version of a device or resource. This includes a Server or storage device network or even an operating system, where the framework divides the resource into one or more execution environments. Also, something as simple as partitioning a hard drive is virtualization because you take one drive and partition it to create two separate hard drives. Devices, applications and human users interact with the virtual resource as if it were a real single logical resource. As a result, the term virtualization has become somewhat of a buzzword, and as a result, the term is now associated with a number of computing technologies.
You can always call one of our experts to learn more about a virtualization solution for your business.
Frank Faria, is the founder of Startech Business Systems in Calgary. Frank understands business IT problems inside out because he was a business person before he was an IT person. Startech has been delivering Information Technology solutions since 1984, Frank can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org