In the third article in our new virtualization series, we take a closer look at how virtualization helps companies achieve high application availability — as high as 99.999 percent — critical in an always-on world.
Ensuring maximum reliability for virtualized applications
As virtualization goes mainstream, the workloads of virtual machines are taking on business critical proportions. Businesses are now seeking to virtualize Tier-1 applications and include cloud infrastructure designs in their IT strategies.
A number of trends are driving this growing movement to virtualize IT infrastructures.
Automation of the workplace – Industries with repetitive processes that have traditionally been accomplished with human touch – such as logistics management systems and building automation and security systems – have implemented automated processes to achieve greater efficiency. As more and more companies and industries implement automation, the server’s availability becomes more important.
Self-service applications – Consumers have quickly become comfortable with the full online shopping experience. In 2012, U.S. e-commerce sales amounted to 289 billion U.S. dollars, with 2016 projections reaching 361.9 billion U.S. dollars. Businesses benefit tremendously by having one or many servers allowing hundreds (even thousands) of consumers to serve themselves using applications without the need for human interaction. Business stops, customer satisfaction drops and buyers move on when these servers go down.
Ubiquitous connectivity to mobile devices – On-the-move access to data, computing and more must be available for employees to work remotely and consumers to access the information they need.
As the workforce and consumers become even more comfortable with technology, and companies use virtualization to make the most out of every process, the risk comes in when any one of these servers involved experiences a problem with availability. Preventing server downtime saves companies and consumers time and money. Recovering from downtime – even the smallest amount – is too costly in an always-on world. As you look to virtualization, the need for bullet-proof reliability increases dramatically.
Whether you’re a fully staffed data center in a large enterprise, a small-to-mid-sized business lacking in IT expertise or looking for availability solutions perfect for edge computing we offer a range of virtualization solutions engineered to address your specific requirements. Our solutions enable rapid deployment of always-on infrastructures, from enterprise servers to clouds, without any changes to your applications and without the need for specialized expertise. Our team integrates perpetual monitoring services with always-on hardware and software, and virtualization technologies to deliver the reliability you require for your virtualized environment.