Technology can play an essential role in developing solutions to combat the threats of limited natural resources and the increasing demands our daily operations put on those resources. In IT, a proven and widely adopted technology called virtualization has revolutionized how we design, build, and operate server rooms, data centers, and desktops in order to increase capacity and availability while reducing environmental impact.
Virtualization dramatically improves the utilization of computers by leveraging untapped resources to do more without consuming more. In a small office, this can mean using one or two physical servers to run six, ten, or as many as twenty "virtual" servers on the same hardware.
How Does Virtualization Help the Environment?
Using less hardware equates to less power, waste, and heat production. In a small business with eight servers, virtualization can reduce power consumption by as much as 70%. In large data centers with hundreds of servers, the power savings is incredible. Less power, less computing hardware to recycle, and less air conditioner usage: it all adds up to less fossil fuel usage and huge reductions in carbon output.
Virtualization Makes IT Easier
Virtualization provides more benefits that go beyond just good environmental stewardship. Virtualization technologies make IT operations run more efficiently. Server maintenance is faster and predictable which reduces the strain on your IT staff and avoids negatively impacting your business.
Virtualization Isn't Just for Big Companies
Varsity Technologies set out to learn how we could take the best of virtualization technologies and make them affordable for smaller organizations. Our virtualization solutions can be put to work for environments where only one or two servers are required. The move to virtualization will help build capacity for the future, whether that means doubling from one to two people, 50 to 100 people, or maintaining the same great business you've cultivated for years.
- Reduced hardware costs by 50% or more
- Reduced power consumption by as much as 85%
- Lower ongoing maintenance costs on hardware
- Reduced HVAC costs
- Improved IT staff efficiency and server-administrator-to-server ratio
- Centralized server resource monitoring
- High availability and fault tolerance of servers
- Faster disaster recovery for device, site, and regional failures
Small Server Environments - Even a small office with one server can benefit from virtualization technologies. Virtualizing your server makes recovery faster and simplifies backups. We've taken this once costly technology and created affordable solutions for clients with fewer servers.
Server Consolidation - As your organization grows, the number of applications and servers also grow often leading to "server sprawl," a situation where multiple, under-utilized servers are using more resources than required by their workload. Moving servers to a virtual environment better utilizes server resources controlling and even shrinking the number of physical servers.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery - The servers designed for virtualization projects typically have a higher degree of redundancy and failover. Virtualization software also includes options for high availability, online migration of servers, and real time fault tolerance. And, if your company needs to recover between sites, our virtualization solutions will protect you against a site level outage.