Server Support and Server Management are very highly discussed topics on the CIOs desk for most organizations. They form the backbone of running and supporting hundreds of mission critical business applications for the organization to function smoothly and efficiently. From the IT Manager to the CIO everyone really needs to get this aspect right to be successful in their roles.
One of the key trends over the last few years has been the ever increasing role of virtualization technology in the data center. The Wikipedia definition of virtualization goes like this Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something in the area of computing, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources. Virtualization can be viewed as part of an overall trend in enterprise IT that includes autonomic computing, a scenario in which the IT environment will be able to manage itself based on perceived activity, and utility computing, in which computer processing power is seen as a utility that clients can pay for only as needed. The usual goal of virtualization is to centralize administrative tasks while improving scalability and work loads.
Virtualization has been a game changer in the Server Support and server management game. It has made management of data center servers much earlier to maintain, monitor, and backup. It has significantly reduced the needs for power and space, while reducing carbon footprint and overall resources. Utilization of computing resources has increased many fold as virtualization allows the flexibility and elasticity for virtual machines to be deployed, configured, and changed on-demand, and the same physical servers can support multi-function and multiple applications.
Cloud-computing has been largely supported by virtualization as all cloud service providers have large implementations of virtualization at their data centers. The huge amount of value of shared computing has been facilitated via this method.
Backup and disaster recovery for IT Systems has become significantly easier. Whether your business is small or medium-scale virtualization is the perfect solution for all applications. With this only a single person is able to handle the issues with more than one server. The virtual servers are playing a tremendous role in this sector of server support.