Server Virtualisation

RivaNET have been implementing file server virtualisation solutions in schools, colleges and businesses successfully over the past two years and have helped many customers achieve a significant return on investment in a very short space of time.

So what is server virtualisation? In simple terms it is the consolidation of several file servers on to a fewer, more manageable number. As a rule one should look to consolidate at a ratio of at least 5:1, though RivaNET have seen situations where it has been possible to reduce up to 20 servers down to one server.

So what are the business benefits of virtualisation and what should organisations expect to gain?

  • Save money on IT hardware and software – won’t buy as much server or network hardware
  • Save money on IT maintenance and support costs – less to support and maintain, plus easier to support
  • Significant savings on power costs – less systems to run and therefore a lot less electricity used
  • Save on physical space – take back some of the ever expanding computer rooms
  • Faster recovery from server failure – expect to recover from server issues far quicker than before
  • Increased resilience and improved disaster recovery – less chance of a catastrophic file server failure through such mechanisms as automated failover
  • Easier deployment of new services and applications such as new VLE’s or accounting systems – expect IT teams to implement server applications far quicker

In summary, virtualisation is aimed at helping reduce costs, significantly improve reliability of IT systems and reduce management overheads.

To discuss the benefits of virtualisation in more detail or to visit one of RivaNET’s ‘virtualised customers’ to hear at source what can be achieved, please contact the Sales Department on 0330 555 5550 or enquiries@rivanet.co.uk.

“The virtualisation project has been a real success. The savings in hardware are already evident and the cost of power and cooling will also be significantly reduced over the coming months. We now have the flexibility to add resources to the virtual environment quickly and easily with the benefit of increased resilience over a physical solution. Furthermore, with the growing demand for space and processing power it’s reassuring to know that we already have the capacity to add additional CPUs, memory and space to servers should we need to without purchasing any new hardware.”
Charlie McCormick, Lingfield Notre Dame