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What is Server Virtualization?

Server virtualization is basically the process of dividing a physical server into virtual servers and enabling each virtual server to operate independently. This technology provides flexibility in a way that allows you to use resources more effectively while reducing operating costs. In this article, we will talk about what are the components of virtualization in general and how to determine the optimum resources required for the platform analysis required for the server virtualization process.

Server virtualization involves creating virtual machines (Virtual Machine - VM). Each VM behaves as if it has its own operating system and can run applications. Multiple VMs can run on the same physical server.

A hypervisor is used to manage the server virtualization process. This software shares the physical hardware between virtual machines. Popular hypervisors include VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Xen.

Server virtualization allows you to share resources (CPU, RAM, storage, etc.) between virtual machines. This allows you to run different workloads on the same server.

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Platform Selection

Identifying and configuring the platform required for virtualization can vary depending on your organization's needs, budget and existing infrastructure. We also provide discovery and consultancy services to determine these.

  1. Identifying Needs: The first step is to understand why your organization is considering virtualization and what problems it wants to solve using this technology. For this, we review current server performance, how resources can be used efficiently, data backup, security issues with you.
  2. Infrastructure Assessment: We review your existing infrastructure and determine your hardware and software requirements. In this assessment, we examine your physical server features (CPU, storage, RAM, etc.), network capacity, licensing requirements, security and backup solutions.
  3. Although we generally virtualize on the VMware vSphere platform, we help you virtualize on platforms such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix, Proxmox, Oracle VM VirtualBox by considering license costs, features, support and integration features.
  4. Hardware and Software Preparation: We determine the hardware and software to meet the requirements of the selected virtualization platform and provide solutions to ensure that you have sufficient storage capacity and network infrastructure to host your virtual machines.
  5. Create and Manage Virtual Machines: We create virtual machines (including operating systems and required applications) on your virtualization platform. We also configure your management tools needed to monitor, manage and backup your virtual machines.
  6. Performance and Security Monitoring: We regularly monitor your virtualized environment and help you take the necessary actions to detect performance issues or close security gaps.
  7. Training: We provide the necessary training to the staff of your business.

Virtualization projects can vary greatly depending on the needs of organizations, so don't forget to contact our experienced team 😊

What are the Advantages?

Virtualizing servers has many advantages, and businesses may choose it for different reasons.

Resource Efficiency: Server virtualization allows you to use the resources of physical servers more effectively. Multiple virtual servers can run on the same hardware, so hardware resources are better utilized.

Cost Savings: Physical servers are costly to purchase, maintain and cool. Virtualization reduces operating costs by reducing the need for hardware and lowering energy consumption.

Elasticity and Scaling: Server virtualization allows you to quickly scale resources as needed. You can create new virtual machines or increase the resources of existing ones.

Backup and Recovery: Virtual machines are easier to back up and recover. This prevents data loss and improves business continuity.

Rapid Deployment: When a new server is required, you can quickly create a virtual server. It significantly shortens the process of purchasing and configuring a physical server.

Isolation and Security: Each virtual server is independent and can be isolated. This means that if one server has a vulnerability, it will not affect the others.

Agility: Virtualization helps you quickly create development and test environments and quickly deploy new projects without starting from scratch.

Application Compatibility: You can run different operating systems or application versions on the same physical server. This allows you to use older applications without updating them or experiencing incompatibility issues.

Green Technology and Sustainability: Server virtualization can reduce environmental impact by improving energy efficiency.

Ease of Management: Virtualization helps you easily manage servers from a central location. Automation and remote management can reduce maintenance times.

These benefits make it attractive to businesses, which is why many organizations are adopting server virtualization. But every situation is different, so you should consider the specific requirements and resources of your business when making a server virtualization decision.